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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Integrate renewable energies in the company heat generation

Using renewable resources for heat generation is good for your organisation’s balance sheet and for the environment. Tapping into renewable sources to heat your buildings means a lifetime of lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-80 % 2 - 12 Year(s)
Measure

Ecodesign for durable goods

Durable products designed with sustainability considerations, or ecodesigned, offer many advantages both to the company and the environment. Ecodesign takes into account the full life-cycle of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-50 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Commercial freight collaboration revives rail transport...

Back on track Freight companies band together to rejenuvenate regional rail network as viable alternative to struggling road transport  Action leads to vastly reduced CO2 and a 66 % average saving on...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-70% 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Intermediaries to optimise transport logistics

Orchestrated transport, an efficient symphony Well-orchestrated logistics partnerships cuts costs and CO2 emissions Cost savings of 10-20 % and CO2 emissions of 20-50 %, depending on the business...
Sector / Industry:
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20% 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Measure

Systematic monitoring of material efficiency and productivity

Good monitoring and management are vital to reigning in energy costs and carbon emissions. Measuring and tracking resource use (energy, water and raw materials) is a key skill that all organisations...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Better-performing refrigeration plant for German pharma

Make the most of what you have Better data can be used to boost system performance of current equipment The resulting optimisation can cut energy consumption by around 25 %  Refrigeration and air-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25%
Measure

Optimised and pooled logistics, co-transportation with other...

Trends like online shopping, just-in-time production and delivery, and increasing warehouse costs are forcing logistics operators to deliver more frequently, which often means under-capacity loading...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 15-20 % 0.08 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

Upgrade boilers to use self-produced energy

Companies can generate energy for their own use and improve their overall energy efficiency by modernising existing equipment. Simple measures like replacing old boilers with new ones can increase...
Good practice

Replacing old coal boiler with more efficient gas unit

Out with the old and in with the new...  Measures costing € 360 000 lower energy consumption and save some € 50 000 annually  Infrared heaters in production area reduce related energy consumption by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 5.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Better heating system for storing liquids

Long overdue upgrade yields huge savings Upgrading the 30-year-old liquid storage heating system saves nearly € 70 000 in energy costs annually The significant € 335 000 investment could be...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.7 Year(s)
Measure

Implementation of forced ventilation system with waste heat...

Many production processes generate heat that escapes out windows or other openings in the building. That is a waste, especially when it can be used to preheat incoming air, water or other media as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-25 % 2 - 20 Year(s)
Good practice

Forced ventilation with heat recovery in office building

Public building in Prague gets bespoke ventilation and heat recovery Well-ventilated indoor environment considered worth the premium for an office refit Energy consumption reduced by ~600 GJ per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 30.8 Year(s)