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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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Mobile application helps to tackle food waste

What can a restaurant do when there is food left over from the lunch service? It can use apps such as the ResQ Club service. The service has been specifically developed to promote the use of surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis in automotive textile industry

Waste as a resource not a problem By giving waste to another company, automotive company saves about € 6 000 annually Win-win relationship turns waste from one company into a resource for another...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 1 Year(s)
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Wastewater is a resource too

The average consumption for EU member countries is 128 litres per inhabitant per day and most of it turns into wastewater. The status of wastewater has improved tremendously over the past few years....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
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Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Environmental laundry in Czech Republic

The beautiful, environmental laundry... Renewable energy is used in high energy applications, saving € 25 000 annually Laundromat uses environmentally friendly detergents Thanks to renewable energy,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Service sector
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

The environmental supermarket

Major supermarket chain's unique approach to the environment Lidl is the first supermarket in the Czech Republic to use economic and environmental technologies A smart solution for heating, lighting...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Simple audit led to energy savings in furniture production

Bulgarian furniture-maker invests in the future Furniture-maker saves € 1 500 annually by reviewing its production process Analysis of skills, technology and practices forms part of the company's...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Sun protection foils and other measures save energy

Audit helps hotel see the light...  Energy and material audit helps hotel, saves thousands every year 1 000 kWh per year saved by simply using a sun protection foil The Burgas Hotel is a four-star...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 28 Year(s)
Good practice

Turning whisky distillery by-products into value-added...

The spirit of enterprise  Adding value to unavoidable whisky distillery by-products Opportunities identified to reduce waste and provide a business opportunity Penderyn Whisky Distillery is situated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Adding value to surplus soft fruits on the farm

Juicy profits from waste fruit Farm converts surplus strawberries into high-value fruit syrups, transforms a loss-making resource into a  profit-making product (over € 224 100 per year) 50 % losses...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

SME drinks company identifies market for leftover fruit

Giving wonky fruit a new lease of life Options explored for reusing waste from an SME drinks company New markets identified for surplus fruit Opportunities identified for 111 tonnes of apple pomace,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon