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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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Reduced energy and water consumption...

Open the door to resource efficiency! Analysis spots outdated machinery and poor energy- and water-management practices Measures help to cut the company's energy consumption by over 5 %   Ortel is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Good practice

Better oversight of materials and energy...

Taking the next step to sustainability Furniture-maker goes a step further to boost its energy and resource efficiency Input-output analysis pinpoints hidden costs in production and beyond Moretti...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Good practice

Input-output analysis helps Italian...

How to top a scrap problem Component-maker employs TOP 20 to evaluate where energy and material gains could be made Targeted measures cut back on unrecovered scrap losses and identify new products...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Improving material and energy use...

Three ways to lose money... one way to stop it TOP 20 analysis highlights significant material and energy losses in packaging manfacture Measures taken to improve boiler, insulate buildings and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Input-output analysis helps Czech furniture...

The true value of data  TOP 20 analysis reveals a major disconnect between physical and financial operations New machinery and systems installed to counter material losses and improve energy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Smart meters for SME premises

Better results with better advice Pilot programmes show substantial gas, water and power savings for SMES in different countries and settings Typical combined annual savings by participants of around...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-10%
Good practice

Lighting system based on LED technology at August Koopmann GmbH...

Fresh light on the fine print A full lighting system refit made a big difference at August Koopmann Yearly savings of around 75 000 kWh in power, 67 % less! € 10 500 saved per year, and an ROI of 28...
Good practice

Multipurpose rainwater use in southern Germany

Rainwater collection was just the start... Rainwater collection reduced fresh water consumption by 80 % An integrated heating and cooling application cut energy consumption 66 %, saving € 55 000 a...
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Good practice

Estonian water utility's eco-management efforts

Long-term collective effort gets the results A raft of environmental measures form part of Tallinn water utility's EMAS strategy Today, it uses 88 % of biogas produced on-site thanks to waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-20%
Good practice

Employees engage in a German SME's environmental policy

Undercover energy agents German SME effectively combines HR development and resource protection Workshops and programmes benefit the company and the environment while improving employee motivation...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Competitions and games motivate staff to be energy...

Sherrifs track down energy villains US wholesale company offers staff rewards and encouragement to cut energy costs Killer Watt Gang game creates energy saving spirit which is good for team-building...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-25% 0.5 - 3 Year(s)
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German firm's 'NoWaste' strategy

Full-scale waste scheme German company reuses steel by-products to reduce waste 100 % of steel scrap is reused Waste that cannot be reused in the factory is sold to other businesses The German...