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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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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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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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Intelligent packaging in food and drink industry

Intelligent packaging is based on the idea that packaging is more than a container, it can also be a highly effective communication medium, carrying information on material flows and logistics (via...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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)
Measure

Material efficiency audit tool for companies

A material audit is a practical tool for companies to improve the efficiency of their operations and to manage their material flows. With material audits, it is possible to identify those stages of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Monitoring water consumption in office buildings

Why monitor your water consumption? Saving water and associated costs begins with an accurate assessment of current consumption. Knowing how much water you use, as well as when and why you are using...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-40 % 0 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

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

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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What to know before investing in a new printer

Paper is a major purchasing and disposal cost. It is estimated that the average office worker uses up to 45 sheets of paper per day, of which over half is considered waste. However, an efficient...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-50 %
Measure

Monitoring material streams in the office

Measuring and monitoring resource use is a key skill that all organisations should master, regardless of size or sector. It should be one of the first steps your organisation takes to improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 %
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)
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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