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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
Technology

Oxy-fuel heating and direct flame...

Combustion needs fuel, ignition, and oxygen. Normal air contains only 21 % oxygen and most of the rest is nitrogen which is only ballast and has no part in combustion. Using pure oxygen increases...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy overhaul in a printing facility

Smart systems to control energy  Extensive energy efficiency renovation in printing plant including artificial intelligence to control the new systems Modernisation of plant managed to significantly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings under the Italian sun with solar shading

From the industrial to the modern age... Residential buildings with passive energy standard are built on an abandoned industrial site The complex was built with natural construction materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Low-impact and affordable housing in UK

Is this the future of sustainable community living? Affordable and ecological co-housing project in the UK pilots a new kind of community ownership scheme Housing is built with ecological materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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

Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Resource efficient building design with Ecolabel criteria

Top of the class A municipal housing company used requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel to support building design for decreased carbon footprint and environmental effects The design incorporated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 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

The future of food waste

From bread to beer... Brewery converts waste bread into new products in support of sustainable development It is a working example of the circular economy Over 46 million slices of bread, or 44 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)