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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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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
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Low-cost energy saving measures for efficient refrigeration

Energy saving does not need to be expensive. Up to 20 % can be cut in many refrigeration plants through actions that require little or no investment. The actions should be focused on good ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
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Energy efficient lighting in industrial SMEs

Lighting is a major energy cost in industrial SMEs, especially for properties using old or poorly configured lighting technology.  By improving lighting systems a plant can save significant energy....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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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
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
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Turn wood residues into a valuable raw material through...

Industrial symbiosis is an industrial ecosystem where the unused or residual resources of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits. It is a...
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Responsible use of wood guaranteed by PEFC certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international forest certification system promoting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable forestry. Around 10 % of...
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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
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Reduction of volatile organic compounds in production processes

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature. This high pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
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Optimising applied process control systems

Automation technology is driving energy efficiency trends in the process industry. A feature of this is continuous process control, which holds the operating points as close to the optimum as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon