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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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Resource efficiency ambitions translate into savings in...

A greener garden centre Efficient water and waste management measures are part of a more ambitious 'green' programme Measures like investing in LED lighting, a cardboard baler and efficient toilet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste prevention as a strategy for planning business expansion

High achievers... Waste reduction, waste recycling, CO2 emission reduction, cost savings  Cheese company's bid to double production and cut down on food waste The Strathearn Cheese Co. is a micro-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 40% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

The future of food waste

From bread to beer... Brewery converts waste bread into new products in support of sustainable development It is a working example of the circular economy Over 46 million slices of bread, or 44 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable wastewater treatment chemicals in a dairy

Tackling the sludge  Strategic use of organic chemical cleaners saves UK dairy € 50 000 annually Reduced need for harardous chemicals and water savings as a direct result Treating wastewater onsite...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 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)
Good practice

Clean fuel from animal- and plant-based fats, oils and greases

Clever, scalable waste-to-energy solution Modular, scalable technology for converting waste fat and grease into biofuel Clean biodiesel from 100 % waste that produces no emissions and radically lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
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

Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • 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)