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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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Finnish door factory invested into geothermal heating system

Opening the door to savings Traditional sector explores renewable energy alternatives The results prove to be worth the investment A Finnish door factory situated in Northern Ostrobothnia changed its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 9% 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Solar and geothermal combine to power HVAC systems

Hybrid renewable energy solution in Finland A 600 m² factory heated with solar collectors (total area 12 m²) and geothermal energy Surplus energy is sold to the grid The largest production hall of a...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 14% 7 Year(s)
Technology

Digital application helps to fix systemic food waste

Retail chains have tools which were unimaginable ten years ago to help them replenish their stock just in time. Despite these developments, the amount of food wasted is still high. Systemic problems...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30% 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy analysis identifies big savings in industrial SME...

The SME top five Analysis identifies where savings can be gained in an SME Five actions including better use of automation and simple lighting changes were proposed Finnish engineering SME Kaso...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 2.5 Year(s)
Measure

Energy audit model for industrial SMEs

This audit model is developed for industrial SMEs to lower the threshold for auditing. A two-step energy review is primarily intended for SMEs in which the process of energy use and efficiency of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 16 % 0 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy efficient spa in Alps runs on green technology

Secrets from the ground... Hotel Spa is heated by two inverter-driven ground-source heat pumps of around 10 °C with demand on average of 100 kW Cooling (air-conditioning) is provided by passive...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy saving to become a modern conference centre

Transformation of another kind... 80 % of the hot water demand is produced by a 40m2 solar collector system Natural wall-cooling system using water from nearby well Annual energy savings are around...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 7 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy refurbishment of a rural style hotel

Guesthouse gets an energy makeover Traditional guesthouse refurbished to the state of the art in terms of energy efficiency The whole refurbishment process was performed with natural renewable...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Resort cuts energy use by a third

Green energy award-winner Resort implemented energy efficiency measures such as solar thermal systems, A/C units with inverters and new boilers Achieved annual cost savings are up to € 33 000 The ‘...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Water retrofitting programme in a hotel

Savings all round... water, money and environment Retrofitting for lower water use brings significant savings Good environmental, economic and social impacts Challenges how to incorporate new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1.25 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy and water excellence in BREEAM certified hotel

Big investment in green solutions pays off First Czech hotel to use 100 % renewable sources for the HVAC system, cooking, washing, etc. Hotel records first water recycling system in the Czech...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost