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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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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
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Kivikko seat: sustainable, efficient design

Eco-elegance, by design... At Isku, responsible design means taking into account the environment in a product's whole life cycle The award-winning Kivikko seat is a prime eco-design example Isku is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
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Nordic Swan ecolabel underpins Estonian print company

Remember to read the 'green print'!  Printing company with a robust eco-philosophy reeps benefits in Nordic market Natural inks, oils and recycled paper are a key part of the green printing approach...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Systematic work on environmental responsibility, Finland

Sustainable furniture-maker in Finland flies high Ecodesign and full lifecycle thinking permeate Finnish furniture-maker's production The company has achieved a Nordic Swan Ecolabel for several...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Quality and environmental certification: Nordic Swan Ecolabel

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is a voluntary certification scheme that evaluates a product's impact on the environment throughout its whole life cycle. The label guarantees, among other things, that...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
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Hotel lighting system renovation delivers further energy...

Where energy meets aesthetic Keen to meet EU Ecolabel specifications, a hotel replaces its lighting with efficient bulbs, cuts 7 % its off power bill Finding efficient bulbs that matched the hotel's...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 7% 2 Year(s)
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Reduced use of chemicals in a hotel

Green and lean still keeps hotel clean For small hotels, meeting Ecolabel criteria can be a call to action An opportunity to use green alternative cleaning agents and review the volumes needed while ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Hotel guests view EU Ecolabel as proof of quality

Stamp of approval Good guest reviews regarding Ecolabel and green actions 73 % acknowledged hotel's certification and 93 % saw it as a good sign Green measures cover water, heating, lighting and more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 13-24%
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Energy savings in a small hotel

Fortune favours the Fevery Ecolabel pioneer in Belgian hospitality sector Actions between 2010 and 2015 reduce power consumption by 11 % and gas and fuel by 33 % Hotel Fevery is a 10-room family...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11-33%
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Save costs and troubles on your office equipment

Most businesses rely on a range of office equipment in order to function. From the basics like computers, printers, and copiers to projectors, scanners and teleconference facilities, it is widely...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 3 - 5 Year(s)
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Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)