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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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A second life for rice waste

Viable plastic alternative Ten years of R&D pays off by discovering a second use for rice waste  Tackling an agricultural waste issue by transforming rice husk into plastics La Cámara,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Reusing coffee grounds to produce vegetables and compost

The 4Ps of success SME collects and re-uses coffee grounds to produce mushrooms 25 % of turnover in 2018, concludes three years of increasing turnover PermaFungi, an urban agricultural and circular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
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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
Measure

Voluntary material efficiency commitment in the food industry

In the food industry, raw materials account for about 45 % of net sales. The cost of purchasing goods sold in the grocery trade is more than 70 % of turnover. Therefore, measures to improve material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Fish manufacturer's no-waste approach

Not a single bone to waste... Food-processing company introduces ambitious zero food-waste programme in its fish production Company has also emphasised ecological packaging and managed to reduce...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Finnish grocery store's quick rewards from a...

Compact results City market identifies a high percentage of unrecycled plastic The results encouraged the store to invest in a compactor for plastic waste  In four months, several tonnes of plastic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
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

Sustainable catering saves money

The big sustainable swap Sustainable solutions introduced by major catering services company The move away from single-use cups leads to big savings and environmental gains Sodexo provides catering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental and economic effects...

A total transformation Clean production measures in a medium-size brewery resulted in a significant increase in the quality level of new products Measures helped to reduce heat waste, wastewater and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 - 8 Year(s)
Good practice

CSR and clean production measures in a hotel

Making all the difference... Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and clean production (CP) measures make a big difference to a Black Sea hotel  Savings of € 22 300 a year by cutting water, waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.4 Year(s)
Measure

Construction site waste management

Construction waste is basically material loss that creates additional cost, and minimising waste generation directly improves the cost-efficiency of the project. Successful construction site waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Designing out waste: material efficiency throughout the...

Designing out waste is a concept of minimising the life cycle waste of a building by considering design options for reducing waste in each stage: construction, refurbishment, and demolition or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste