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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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More efficient plastic and cardboard waste sorting saves...

Tackling mixed waste a priority Improved waste-sorting channels cut back on mixed waste destined for incineration Better-sorted waste leads to lower waste costs, resale options, more staff...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.3 Year(s)
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Heat recovery in ventilation system

Heat recovery in ventilation system saves €32000 a year No need for a new installation The German company Fischer Surface Technologies GmbH with about 110 employees is specialised in electroplating...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 4 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)
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Combined heat and power plant (CHP) in plastic production

A dynamic duo Installing a CHP unit offers a multipurpose, efficient energy solution € 19 100 savings on energy costs and 79 tonnes of CO2 emissions are anticipated The German company AKRO-PLASTIC ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
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Plastics factory adjusts temperature set-points...

The philosophy of energy saving Optimising cooling unit set-points saves energy and money 85 900 kWh (or 6 %) yearly energy savings Tecmaplast, a French plastics company, carried out an energy audit...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Adjusting plastic cooling temperature in packaging...

Simple measure packs an energy-saving punch Simple temperature reset cuts energy consumption by 72 200 kWh per year No investment costs Generates € 6 200 savings per year Founded in 1991, DS Smith...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Sawmill in France recycles lumber strapping bands and...

A strapping 'green' solution to a vital process Sawmill shows how recycling can be good for the balance sheet and the environment Small investment in recycling leads to savings of € 1 250 per year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 9% 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Swedish manufacturer discovers quick energy-saving wins

Energy savings, no extra cost! Energy audit revealed simple, effective measures 10-12 % energy savings Plast Petter AB is a small Swedish manufacturer of plastic products mainly for use in offices....
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

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)
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Family-run hotel bans plastic bottles and guests are all for...

In Bruges ...  Reduced plastics use 20 % less waste over five-year period Hotel Fevery is a small family-run hotel located in the medieval city of Bruges which became the first fully Belgian hotel to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Energy and material assessment in Australia

Energy and material assessment, Australian style Welvic received a grant to evaluate ways to save resources and energy Small and large ovens were insulated and dust management systems improved Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Technology and product development for plastic exterior...

Glossy project Successful project refines a plastic-moulding process to deliver a better finish at less cost New process is 30 % more cost-effective than traditional glass-reinforced plastics The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 25-30%