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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

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

Turning whisky distillery by-products into value-added...

The spirit of enterprise  Adding value to unavoidable whisky distillery by-products Opportunities identified to reduce waste and provide a business opportunity Penderyn Whisky Distillery is situated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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
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

Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Santa Marta hotel - sustainability in combination...

Hotel's inspiring three pillars Save resources and costs for sustainable growth Respecting the environment Premium services for clients and social responsibility The managment of Inspira Santa Marta...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Energy saving to become a modern conference centre

Transformation of another kind... 80 % of the hot water demand is produced by a 40m2 solar collector system Natural wall-cooling system using water from nearby well Annual energy savings are around...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 7 Year(s)
Good practice

Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Renewables and organic food lead Danish hotel...

Nature, gastronomy and hospitality in harmony Hotel offers 30-60 % organic food and beverages Focus on purchasing local resources and decreasing their portions to reduce food waste 15 % of total...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost