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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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Voluntary material efficiency commitment in the food industry

In the food industry, raw materials account for about 45 % of net sales. The cost of purchasing goods sold in the grocery trade is more than 70 % of turnover. Therefore, measures to improve material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Ecodesigned fume cupboards save materials and costs

Safer labs, better environment! Lab specialist uses LCA and ecodesign principles to improve its production efficiency Analysis showed where material savings could be made and parts removed to cut...
Good practice

Energy awareness theme week helps tech-services...

Involve everyone and see the results! Metso implemented an organisation-wide energy saving theme week to engage everyone in boosting energy efficiency in daily work The campaign activated employees...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Energy awareness campaign: small actions but big energy savings

Training and communication are important tools when you want to make sure that the measures to increase the efficiency of energy use are implemented successfully. Train and guide personnel in energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Smart hand dryers

Handy technology New hand dryers mean energy and cost savings while providing useful information A library expects to save € 22 640 on washroom facilities The British Library had an annual spend on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy-efficient refrigeration saves money at...

Lessons for all plants with cooling rooms A German meat-processing plant installed an interconnected refigeration system to reduce energy costs Yearly cost reduction of up to € 67 000 and CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Hamburg pastry shop saves energy and boosts its bio-image

Organic coffee, sustainable thinking... a bio-bonus Pastry shop pursues a 'sustainable approach' on all levels: products, processes, principles It introduced several energy-efficiency measures Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Bio-food company's energy saving gels with green image

Energy savings in the can... SME tweaks thermostat and saves 21 500 kWh annually Financial gains of € 4 000 per year Annual carbon footprint down by 1.1 tonnes of CO2 Maison Prosain has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings by regulating operating times

Towards real-time room occupany monitoring Hourly programming system saves 63 000 kWh electricity and 39 000 kWh heating annually Zero investment saves € 8 500 per year The Nantes Conference Centre...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste recycling makes a big difference at Nantes Conference...

Cleaning up after the MICE in Nantes Waste management saves € 2 000 per year Avoids 3.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year The meetings, inventives, conferences/conventions, exhibitions (MICE) sector...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

French camping and holiday village boosts its energy...

Energy-saving savvy  Optimising heat pump yields small but important results Saves € 1 000 in energy costs per year 11 000 kWh energy savings, equivalent to 0.9 tonnes CO2 emissions annually Camping...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Specialist shop in Italy wins with zero-waste shopping

Local shop tackles 'food print' in its own style  Sustainable shop sells local produce, unpacked, and mostly organic Customers buy what they need with no extra packaging, all part of the shop's prize...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost