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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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Construction site waste management cuts CO2 emissions in half...

In the know A municipal housing company set a goal to improve construction site waste recycling rate in a pilot project Actions included establishing a waste sorting system at the site, educating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Resource efficient building design with Ecolabel criteria

Top of the class A municipal housing company used requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel to support building design for decreased carbon footprint and environmental effects The design incorporated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Evaporation method reduced plant’s energy...

Low steam ahead Energy audit identifies prime opportunity to save energy on inefficient evaporation treatment Using mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) to separate water from condensed liquids is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy efficieny in plastics painting

Investment in a new painting line pays off in many ways A plastic parts manufacturer improved their painting process energy efficiency by investing in waste heat recovery The plan is to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Glue manufacturer saves energy with geothermal heat recovery

Hybrid system taps into natural sources Finnish manufacturer combines waste heat and geothermal in its hybrid heating and cooling system The clever system cut annual energy costs by € 100 000 and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Simple but effective waste management in a convenience store

Small actions with a big impact Waste management in a convenient store led to 75 % reduced waste volume and € 3 500 annual savings  The move offers pointers to other small businesses seeking to trim...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Resource efficiency ambitions translate into savings in...

A greener garden centre Efficient water and waste management measures are part of a more ambitious 'green' programme Measures like investing in LED lighting, a cardboard baler and efficient toilet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run bakery's investment in waste recycling

Invest now, save for decades! Benefits of waste recycling go beyond simply reducing waste It also decreases the amount of raw materials used and this saves money and helps the environment Every day...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste prevention as a strategy for planning business expansion

High achievers... Waste reduction, waste recycling, CO2 emission reduction, cost savings  Cheese company's bid to double production and cut down on food waste The Strathearn Cheese Co. is a micro-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 40% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Refrigeration upgrade in a store saves money

Mini market, maxi savings Small businesses are always looking for ways to cut running costs Modern refrigeration and freezer units help one store save about € 2 000 a month on its energy bill...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Collaborating to maximise resource efficiency in hotels

Small saving with a huge impact Hotel prevented 2.5 tonnes of furniture from being landfilled This saved only a small amount (around € 87 or £ 78), but the action reduced CO2 emissions by 7 tonnes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)