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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

New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Closed-circuit pump cuts water consumption

New tech makes water-saving splash Audit reveals where soft drink-maker was loosing pressure and wasting water Investment in € 10 000 closed-circuit pump slashes water consumption by 95 %   SNEMBG...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.5 - 1.6 Year(s)
Measure

Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Eco-efficient textile dyeing

Dyeing can take place at multiple stages within the supply chain, from dyeing fibres and yarns through to fabrics and garments. The environmental impact of dyeing is related to the type of dye, type...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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)
Technology

Cold pad batch dyeing for cotton

The cold truth Reactive dyes are the family of dyes generally used to dye cotton, viscose, and other cellulosic fibres. However, reactive dyeing requires vast amounts of salt, water and energy. The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Technology

Solution dye for polyester

Experts estimate that up to 11 % of the 'cradle-to-factory gate' carbon footprint of a 100 % polyester ladies top, for example, is due to the yarn dyeing stage. Coloured polyester fibres may be more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Technology

Lobster Pod for shellfish transportation

The Lobster Pod is an innovative, patent pending live shellfish storage and transportation system. It has been scientifically proven to increase survival to over 99 % from an industry average of 85...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20-80%
Good practice

Brewery uses dry lubricated bottling conveyor

Dry answer to a wet problem Brewery adopts semi-dry conveyor lubrication system in its bottling plant Saving millions of litres of water and making the working environment safer for workers A craft...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Retrofitted water-saving toilet cistern

Flushing toilets use vast quantities of water in the workplace. Toilets installed before 1991 typically use 9 litres per flush, while those installed after that date typically use 6-8 litres. Cistern...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.16 - 0.25 Year(s)
Measure

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