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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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Cluster cleaning

Cluster cleaning is a cleaning method which balances food safety with economy. Equipment is cleaned when it is needed, not according to a predefined timetable. The staff involved in cluster cleaning...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15 %
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High-pressure cleaning in food and drink industry

Pressure cleaning is used for cleaning floors, walls, vessels, containers, open equipment and conveyors, and as a rinsing stage following cleaning and the application of chemicals. In high-pressure...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Green cleaning in place (CIP)

Green cleaning in place, or Green CIP for short, is a technology enabling the re-use of caustic soda during parts cleaning in food and drink production. The principle is that pipes and tanks are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Waste generation self-assessment review for food and drink...

Self-assessment can help you review the company's waste-management practices. Through no- or low-cost measures, you can identify where waste is arising at each stage of a process and take steps to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
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Monitoring water consumption

Companies use water in essential and non-essential processes. It is a valuable natural resource that needs to be used wisely and economically. Monitoring water consumption is critical to identifying...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Determine the building's energy consumption

Building energy consumption readings can be obtained from different sources. Building energy certificates, for example, show the overall primary energy requirements, further broken down into...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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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
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Pinch analysis

Pinch analysis is a systematic approach to analysing heat flow through an industrial process and has been used by industry for almost 30 years as a way of saving energy. The so-called 'pinch' occurs...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-40 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
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Reduce office waste and gain a competitive advantage

About 70 % of office waste is recyclable. As recycling is generally cheaper than other disposal routes, ensuring you effectively recycle can save your organisation money. To set up an effective and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-70 % 0.25 - 1 Year(s)
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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)