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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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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

Simple but effective waste management in a convenience store

Small actions with a big impact Waste management in a convenient store led to 75 % reduced waste volume and € 3 500 annual savings  The move offers pointers to other small businesses seeking to trim...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 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

Reusable packaging, returning customers

At least 20 uses... A Finnish company provides reusable packaging for online stores The innovative circular economy business model has led to several awards For customers, advantages include short...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Finnish hypermarket uses digital application to...

Hyper-solutions to food wastage show the way A major hypermarket which sells a large range of food products looked for ways to improve on its already good food waste credentials It realised that even...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

The environmental supermarket

Major supermarket chain's unique approach to the environment Lidl is the first supermarket in the Czech Republic to use economic and environmental technologies A smart solution for heating, lighting...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Technology

Digital application helps to fix systemic food waste

Retail chains have tools which were unimaginable ten years ago to help them replenish their stock just in time. Despite these developments, the amount of food wasted is still high. Systemic problems...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30% 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Surplus food from grocery stores to charities

Shared table... a shared cause  A network for collection and centralised logistics of surplus food from grocery chains helps different charities It means more reliable food waste collection through...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Bioethanol and animal feed from bread spill of grocery stores

Bread salvagers Bread surplus from a Finnish grocery trading cooperative is used to produce bioethanol and animal feed Leftovers are collected from over 50 stores and bakeries in and around Helsinki...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Food waste turned into bioenergy for food manufacturers

Closing loops Inedible food waste from Finnish grocery stores is collected and made into biogas Biogas is then used by the food manufacturer partners of the company Kesko is the second-biggest...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Simple retrofit saves energy in retail store in Scotland

When simple is much better than expected... Retailer leads the way in its proactive energy saving approach Simple retrofit results in wide-scale savings on power and waste Simple retrofitting that...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost