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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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Wastewater is a resource too

The average consumption for EU member countries is 128 litres per inhabitant per day and most of it turns into wastewater. The status of wastewater has improved tremendously over the past few years....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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
Technology

Waterless urinals

The best solution to reduce water consumption for urinal flushing is to install waterless urinals. They operate using chemical-impregnated plastic pads, or a spring-loaded trap and a floating layer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

More efficient plastic and cardboard waste sorting saves...

Tackling mixed waste a priority Improved waste-sorting channels cut back on mixed waste destined for incineration Better-sorted waste leads to lower waste costs, resale options, more staff...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Material savings by reusing prune waste

Money for jam... and pits  Well-established conserve-maker converts bio-waste into a revenue stream Selling its prune pits to a partner company cuts waste by 26 % and saves around € 3 600 a year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 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
Good practice

Electrical reuse service

A wee scheme with big impacts Smart scheme diverts waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use In this example, 5 tonnes of WEEE were diverted, saving € 15 500 and 109 tonnes of CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Smart hand dryers

Handy technology New hand dryers mean energy and cost savings while providing useful information A library expects to save € 22 640 on washroom facilities The British Library had an annual spend on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Polish research institute sets up central printing system

Why carry on with the hassle of dozens of printers? Institute tackles its printing problems (50 individual printers) with a centralised printing system This offers more oversight, simpler maintenance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Making money out of waste in Germany

Waste not, want not Experts pointed out ways for the company to convert its waste into a money earner Selling, rather than simply giving or throwing away, waste could earn € 36 500 per year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Hospital in France reduces food waste

Sensible food management gets results   Hospital limits food waste at its source Saves up to € 30 000 per year Carbon footprint lowered by 34 tonnes of CO2 a year Centre Hospitalier de Redon, France...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Tackling waste in a French hospital

Much better diagnosis... Combating food wastage saves 1.2 tonnes of waste Small recycling investment avoids 1.6 tonnes of packaging In 2011, the Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve Hospital in Brittany was...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 1 Year(s)