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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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Portuguese hotel turns to renewable energy

Full marks for energy Hotel's clear focus on resource efficiency and the environment paves way for great results 100 % of its power is generated by renewable energy sources Owners of the Hotel Rural...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Finnish door factory invested into geothermal heating system

Opening the door to savings Traditional sector explores renewable energy alternatives The results prove to be worth the investment A Finnish door factory situated in Northern Ostrobothnia changed its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 9% 10 Year(s)
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Solar and geothermal combine to power HVAC systems

Hybrid renewable energy solution in Finland A 600 m² factory heated with solar collectors (total area 12 m²) and geothermal energy Surplus energy is sold to the grid The largest production hall of a...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 14% 7 Year(s)
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The world's first city hotel with zero energy balance

Pioneering eco-hotel in Austria 130 m2 of solar panels supply electricity and energy to power the hotel and heat the facility’s water Rhe well in the garden supplies hotel toilets with water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
Measure

Citrus residues for renewable energy production

Fruit-processing industries are concentrated mainly in southern Europe, and most of them are family businesses or SMEs. They generate vast amounts of fruit residues. Citrus processing, in particular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Good practice

Solar heat in breweries

Spotting the solar trend German brewery seemlessly integrates solar into its energy mix 155 m2 solar thermal system produces 400 MWh a year To help offset growing energy costs and improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20 - 25 Year(s)
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Pioneering French company invests in new green energy

The fruity aroma of success French fruit wholesaler and marketer turns its 1 800 tonne-a-year headache into an efficient biogas energy and heat plant Energy independence, co-generation potential,...
Good practice

Biomass boiler cuts CO2 emissions at French cheese factory...

A biomass bonus Cleaner biomass boiler and energy recovery equipment cuts annual CO2 emissions by 7 000 tonnes and energy bills by 40 % Installation creates a full-time job and supports local economy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Holiday cottage provider cuts annual energy with...

Biomass boilers mean cosy cottages year-round Green tourism business discovers the benefits of biomass boilers to heat its highland cottage rentals These boilers could generate savings of € 27 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Scottish farm develops diverse energy mix

The sun... perfect for energy and ice-cream sales Sustainable farm in the UK combines, wind, sun and biomass power plants Combined, these renewable sources meet 70 % of the farm's energy needs Mackie...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Renewable energy in food and drink manufacturing

If on-site conditions are favourable, it is efficient to integrate renewable energy into production processes. It has strong potential in several subsectors of the food and beverage industry, ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost