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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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Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
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Jam manufacturer saves 100 tonnes of fuel oil per year

When letting off steam is a problem Jam factory discovers how to fix its steam production, save fuel and boost its performance Actions taken to optimise and upgrade its steam system save around € 35...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.4 Year(s)
Measure

Maintenance of pumps

Maintaining your pumps is not just important for increasing their lifetime and effectiveness, which reduces costs, but also to avoid unexpected breakdowns that can slow or stop production. In most...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Measure

Optimising steam-generation systems

Steam is in heavy demand in industries requiring heating processes, and it is typically an energy-intensive process to generate it. The ratio of steam energy costs to total energy costs ranges ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimising compressed air system

Smart tools solve two problems, save energy Installing sensors and smart valves in the compressed air system saves power and money The combined solutions save € 15 300 per year in energy costs The...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
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New motors save money

Motoring along more efficiently than ever One-off investment of € 2 000 in more efficient and controllable motors yields results Annual cost savings on energy come to around € 800, equivalent to a 1....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Fixing leaks in the compressed air system cuts costs

Air of confidence in efficiency monitoring Company decides to implement routine checks of compressed air system Savings in both energy and emissions prove the value of energy performance monitoring ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 Year(s)
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Conducting an energy audit

Companies, especially SMEs, need to operate as efficiently as possible to remain competititve. Energy auditing is a useful way to identify and prioritise energy-saving opportunities. First, assess...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Focus on durability in new asset building

Extending the lifetime of a product (asset) has a number of environmental advantages: less resource extraction, less energy embedded (the direct and indirect energy required to produce goods plus the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-10 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Caterpillar paves the way in heavy machinery remanufacturing

Long history of sustainability on display Clever scheme to promote end-of-life product remanufacturing Almost no waste sent to landfill, and huge reductions in energy and water use Caterpillar is an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30% 4 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Leasing extends end-of-life product cycles at Xerox

Xerox sees the 'green' light Copy machine-maker develops strong remanufacturing business model Its reverse supply chain activities save around € 107 million annually and divert 35 million kg of waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-35% 1 - 3 Year(s)