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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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Big savings by optimising waste management and reducing...

More than a pebble story... Joint waste-sorting and resource conservation efforts yields good results for the company, environment and staff Material losses reduced by 264 tonnes (saving € 53 000 a ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Ice pigging in dairies

What's in a name? Dairies explored benefits of employing ice pigging in their production cycles Results showed substantial cost and environmental savings Yeo Valley Farms and BV Dairy in the UK...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
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Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Water minimisation in food processes

Water is often an undervalued resource. Organisations and their employees have little or no idea how much water they use, or the amount of money that could be saved by using water more efficiently. ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Implementing an energy management system

Using energy efficiently helps organisations save money as well as helping to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001, an energy management standard, includes methodology enabling ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Green cleaning in place (CIP)

Green cleaning in place, or Green CIP for short, is a technology enabling the re-use of caustic soda during parts cleaning in food and drink production. The principle is that pipes and tanks are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy and resource efficiency at Turnberry

Energy turnaround for Turnberry Resort Famous luxury golf resort commits to far-reaching energy saving measures Target by 2020: cut energy by 30 %, water use by 20 %, and significant waste reductions...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 18-20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Maltese bank harvests rain water

Saving for a rainy day 14 % of APS’ water needs are met by recycled water 36 % is provided through rain-water harvesting  APS Bank Malta offers typical financial solutions including deposits, home...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-40% 3 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient water consumption by raising...

The art of water saving Awareness-raising and practical measures save water on campus Reduced annual water consumption by 1 183 m3 and cost savings of around € 2 660 London Metropolitan University is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
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Consider the need for a sustainability officer

A relatively new management role, sustainability officers are top executives who determine how a company or organisation can best address environmental sustainability issues. Specifically, they may...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Membrane filtration of brine in cheese production

Say cheese! Cheese factory uses more sustainable filtration process Results in better product quality, less costs and reduced chemical use Immersion of cheese in brine is an important step in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost