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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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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Rainwater harvesting in office building

Making the most of a vital resource Opportunity to install a rainwater harvesting system as part of a major office rennovation Rainwater harvesting reduces the need for clean drinking water thus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Water savings in a meat processing plant

Pressure goes down, savings go up Meat processor identifies excess water consumption during cleaning Calculations reveal where savings could be made but the end result maintained An audit of water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 100% 0 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Water metering saves money in a hotel

Benchmarking for better performance Metering identifies sources of high water consumption in a hotel Targeted actions to save water reduce water bill by € 3 150 Hotel Festa Sofia is a modern, stylish...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimising hotel laundry service

Traditionional hotel goes green Optimising a hotel laundry service led to multiple savings and benefits Measures aimed at achieving a green label for hotel services The 210 room Hotel Hemus is one of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Meat and food company saves through continuous improvement

Thinking holistic... Production development programme is key to continuous improvement in meat/food company It factors in production, materials and sustainability in a holistic approach Finnish meat...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Significant savings through closed water cycles

Better by half... With water becoming scarce, company looks for new water-saving solutions Closed cycle solution for cooling-heating keeps the water in the system Nammo is an international aerospace...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Resource efficiency ambitions translate into savings in...

A greener garden centre Efficient water and waste management measures are part of a more ambitious 'green' programme Measures like investing in LED lighting, a cardboard baler and efficient toilet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Heat pumps and other measures bring huge savings to spa hotel...

Refreshing energy efficiency moves Savings achieved in medium-sized spa hotel by implementing CSR measures Rethinking energy efficiency like this saves about € 12 000 every year Spa Hotel Fairy in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable wastewater treatment chemicals in a dairy

Tackling the sludge  Strategic use of organic chemical cleaners saves UK dairy € 50 000 annually Reduced need for harardous chemicals and water savings as a direct result Treating wastewater onsite...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)