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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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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)
Good practice

Hotel communicates importance of saving resources

Energy and water saving is everyone's job Hotel implemented CSR into its management strategies Small investment (€ 350) achieved significant savings (€ 5 000 a year) in water and waste bills Izvora...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.12 Year(s)
Good practice

Heat pumps and other measures bring huge savings to spa hotel...

Refreshing energy efficiency moves Savings achieved in medium-sized spa hotel by implementing CSR measures Rethinking energy efficiency like this saves about € 12 000 every year Spa Hotel Fairy in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

The future of food waste

From bread to beer... Brewery converts waste bread into new products in support of sustainable development It is a working example of the circular economy Over 46 million slices of bread, or 44 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable wastewater treatment chemicals in a dairy

Tackling the sludge  Strategic use of organic chemical cleaners saves UK dairy € 50 000 annually Reduced need for harardous chemicals and water savings as a direct result Treating wastewater onsite...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Technology

Smarter wastewater treatment in shopping malls

The treating of wastewater onsite in shopping malls could significantly reduce the water bill and bring other environmental benefits, such as water recycling and wastewater minimisation. Major...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50-90% 1 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Enterprise resource planning benefits a bakery

Ask the staff how to boost the business! Efficient water management helped a bakery to reduce water bills by € 3 600 per year Programme forms important part of the company's enterprise resource...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental management for Bulgarian hotel

Proven steps to better performance Improved energy management leads to direct cost reduction Increased environment awareness leads to secondary cost reduction Sevlievo Plaza is a modern hotel located...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Benefits of green laundry programmes, hotel case

 Emphasis on green gains, not cost-savings is key Hotel in Bulgaria saves about € 2 400 annually through green laundry programme Option to reduce sheet and towel replacement for guests staying...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)