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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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Environmental management for Bulgarian hotel

Proven steps to better performance Improved energy management leads to direct cost reduction Increased environment awareness leads to secondary cost reduction Sevlievo Plaza is a modern hotel located...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

CSR concept for energy savings in Sofia hotel

Thinking social, thinking green... Hotel achieved € 4 500 savings after CSR measures implemented Efforts appreciated by staff and guests alike The Forum Hotel in Sofia is a luxury four-star property...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Reusable packaging, returning customers

At least 20 uses... A Finnish company provides reusable packaging for online stores The innovative circular economy business model has led to several awards For customers, advantages include short...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Intelligent fertilisation with N-Sensor improves crop yield

The timing and accuracy of fertilisation play an important role in the crop and the environment: excessive or inadequate fertilisation can ruin the whole crop. Yara has developed a precise...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Technology

Mobile application helps to tackle food waste

What can a restaurant do when there is food left over from the lunch service? It can use apps such as the ResQ Club service. The service has been specifically developed to promote the use of surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Measure

Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
Measure

Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

The environmental supermarket

Major supermarket chain's unique approach to the environment Lidl is the first supermarket in the Czech Republic to use economic and environmental technologies A smart solution for heating, lighting...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Simple audit led to energy savings in furniture production

Bulgarian furniture-maker invests in the future Furniture-maker saves € 1 500 annually by reviewing its production process Analysis of skills, technology and practices forms part of the company's...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Adding value to surplus soft fruits on the farm

Juicy profits from waste fruit Farm converts surplus strawberries into high-value fruit syrups, transforms a loss-making resource into a  profit-making product (over € 224 100 per year) 50 % losses...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

SME drinks company identifies market for leftover fruit

Giving wonky fruit a new lease of life Options explored for reusing waste from an SME drinks company New markets identified for surplus fruit Opportunities identified for 111 tonnes of apple pomace,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Local transport and 'green' mobility in tourist centres

Providing free or low-cost access to green options for local mobility appeals to guests who are conscious of their carbon footprint. Options include encouraging use of local transport, bicycles and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost