EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Greening of industry

These 48 company case studies are examples of good practice in the anticipation and management of green change in 10 sectors.

Analysis focuses on how to strengthen competitiveness and increase both the quantity and quality of jobs while protecting the environment. Collaborative approaches involving the social partners, public authorities, education and training providers, non-government organisations and other actors are of particular interest. It is hoped that these cases will provide useful insights and ideas to other companies in similar sectors.

48 items found (page 2 of 5)

United Kingdom: Willmott Dixon case study

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Willmott Dixon is a construction firm employing almost 3,000 people across the UK. The construction sector accounted for around 5% of GDP and close to 3% of employment in 2010. This case study focuses on the implementation of the 10-point Sustainable Project Criteria as a green business practice as means of realising the firm’s broad strategic commitment to sustainability. This has involved the creation of new roles and has revised existing jobs in the firm. Training provided internally and externally was seen as essential in the successful introduction of this initiative. Introduction The

United Kingdom: GlassEco, case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

GlassEco is a small British company in the non-metallic sector, recycling various types of glass into worktops used for bathroom and kitchen surfaces and other applications. The company also produces tiles, floorings, moulded sinks and baths. The company is a green start-up with its own developed and patented recycling technology. The company initially had four employees, but gradually that has risen to 30. The company employs workers with entry level skills and the core team of experts trains them. The case study was prepared between January and May 2012. Introduction GlassEco was

Germany: Dynamic Parcel Distribution (DPD)

  • Organisation Size

    500+

DPD is one of the largest parcel services in Germany. It has, as all providers of parcel services and logistics, huge CO2 emissions from transport. The company has therefore implemented various small measures to reduce its impact on the environment, including eco-driving programmes, recycling management and a ‘mode-shift’ programme promoting ground transport. The measures taken have had some, although small, impact on jobs; contrary to the situation some years ago, energy efficiency and environment protection are now required of most jobs in the company. ISO certification has helped to

Denmark: EnergiMidt

  • Organisation Size

    500+

EnergiMidt is an electricity distribution company situated in central Jutland. The company was formed in 2002 after a merger of three electricity companies. In the same year, EnergiMidt started its green practice: selling and installing solar panels and heat pumps in the region. In the past decade, EnergiMidt has grown from 200 to 625 employees. Of the new employees, 80% work with solar panels and heat pumps and related green technologies. The employees working with the green technologies are mostly electricians and plumbers. EnergiMidt cooperates with municipalities in the region and

Sweden: Volvo Penta, case study

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Volvo Penta is the Swedish manufacturer of engines and power systems for industrial and marine applications. Its new inboard propulsion system (IPS), allowing up to 30% lower fuel consumption and 30% lower CO2 emissions, helped the company maintain a more or less stable number of jobs during the global financial crisis. This practice had an effect (by being highly technologically advanced) on the skills development of at least 100 of its 1400 employees (7.1%). The company collaborates with Swedish universities by taking interns and participating in joint research work to manage green change

Sweden: Kinnarps case study report

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Kinnarps is a Swedish furniture manufacturer which has adopted the practice of sustainable sourcing of wood. The practice has not had a significant impact on employment numbers, but has transformed more than 500 existing jobs mainly through provision of additional training because of new skill needs for purchasers, sales persons and blue-collar workers. The company is notable for its extensive and unique collaboration with the Swedish Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) board in anticipating and managing the green change and its impact on employees. The case study was carried out in October–

Italy: Ecotec yarns, Marchi & Fildi, case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Marchi & Fildi is a leading international textile company. It produces both traditional and modern yarns made from materials such as wool, cotton, flax and silk. A modern ecology-sensitive approach characterises Marchi & Fildi innovation, particularly in the production of ecological yarns. The subject of this case study is Marchi and Fildi’s ecological line of products made under the Ecotec label. In line with company’s vision ‘to generate yarns for the future’, Ecotec yarns are drivers of textile industry greening. Reduced environmental impact goes together with benefits for

Belgium: Ecover

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Ecover is a Belgian chemical company that manufactures ecological cleaning products for both domestic and professional use and sells them all over the world. It is a very distinctive case of a greening company because all the company’s products are produced in a factory that is organised and managed so that concerns for the environment are paramount, from the building where it operates to the content of the product, and including management practices. Introduction Ecover is one of the 336 companies in Belgium in the ‘Production and trade of cleaning products’ sector, which is part of the

Cyprus: Electricity Authority of Cyprus

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Although the Electricity Authority of Cyprus does not have the profile of an environmentally friendly organisation, its current and planned green practices are of major importance. Compared with other industries, the process of greening in the electricity sector presents peculiarities and constraints due to the nature of its activities. Overall, there seems to be an urgent need to develop a human resources strategy to raise the issue of managing the impact green change on employment. This action could support the necessary larger involvement of employees in this crucial issue. Introduction

Finland: Skaala

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Skaala operates in the wood manufacturing sector producing products for the construction industry. Its main products are windows and doors (main, balcony and internal). It also provides first-time installation as well as renovation services. In addition to producing highly energy-efficient products, Skaala has adopted widespread procedures that minimise and recycle waste in its operations, thereby making jobs more environmentally friendly. All materials used are carefully planned with recycling in mind. Skaala’s certifications include environmental and quality certificates as well as an

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