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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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Financing sustainability through external sources

Initial investment costs can discourage SMEs from choosing to pursue sustainability as a business strategy; the vague long-term benefits and payback on the investment might not seem worth it. And the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 25 Year(s)
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Focus on durability in new asset building

Extending the lifetime of a product (asset) has a number of environmental advantages: less resource extraction, less energy embedded (the direct and indirect energy required to produce goods plus the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-10 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Consider the need for a sustainability officer

A relatively new management role, sustainability officers are top executives who determine how a company or organisation can best address environmental sustainability issues. Specifically, they may...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Baby clothes subscription model in Denmark

Baby clothes for the sharing generation Innovative baby clothes subscription and sharing system saves resources Reusing and ultimatley recycling clothes is at the heart of the circular economy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-80% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Membrane filtration of brine in cheese production

Say cheese! Cheese factory uses more sustainable filtration process Results in better product quality, less costs and reduced chemical use Immersion of cheese in brine is an important step in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel

Environmental and social benefits rolled into one Programme to recover used cooking oil and convert it to biodiesel saves resources and cuts CO2 Social enterprise running the operation creates new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Footprint calculation at waste-management company in France

Waste-management pioneer markets its success Waste-management footprint calculator offers valuable insight The footprint tool SITA commissioned saves the company up to 20 % on transportation costs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-20% 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Measure

Footprint calculation schemes, application and reporting

Businesses that look ahead and actively manage their ecological risks and opportunities can gain a strong competitive advantage. Ecological footprint calculation schemes are increasingly used to help...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 % 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimised cleaning-in-place for bottled water industry

Just take a CIP! Project targets fresh water rationalisation in production processes Case-by-case system design is critical to developing successful CIP solutions  The EU-funded AquaFit4Use...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Good practice

Environmental management system at Spanish printer

'Una mas' benefit thanks to EMAS... EMAS practices and eco-design principles delivered solid results for printer Results included less toxic chemicals used, energy savings and huge increase in...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Soybean oil lubricant substitute

Green hydraulic fluid alternative passes tests Soy oils instead of petroleum-based lubricants for 20 pieces of industrial equipment reduced danger of spills and waste problems Soybean oil is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 - 5 Year(s)