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 5 of 5)

Sweden: IKEA of Sweden AB case study

  • Organisation Size

    500+

This company case study focuses on the Sustainability Product Score Card, one of the applied green business practices within the furniture company IKEA. The score card was introduced in 2010 and is used by product developers to measure the progress in development of sustainable products in terms of materials used, recyclability and energy efficiency. The score card’s impact on the number of jobs is limited, but the more structured way of working has a direct impact on job quality since the product developers are supported during the selection and sourcing of materials. The case study was

Lithuania: Statybos Projektu Sprendimai

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Statybos Projektu Sprendimai (SPS) is a small construction company which specialises in the design, technical supervision, and project management of constructing passive buildings in Lithuania. Passive buildings collect, store and distribute energy (such as solar energy) without the use of electrical or mechanical power. This case study illustrates the implementation and challenges of green change in the construction sector from the perspective of a small company in a new EU member state. It demonstrates the significant impact of climate change on the whole functioning of the business, and

Italy: Successori Reda, case study

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Successori Reda is a medium-size woollen mill of the industrial district of Biella, the only certified EMAS in the EU thanks to continuous investments and use of compressed air jet looms. This technology was fully established in 2005 and ensures a 10% savings in energy consumption per square metre of cloth. Employment is stable since the past decade, while it declined to one fourth in the overall district. Technicians and operation low level management benefit the most of this practice by integrating their competences in traditional looms with ICT skills. Case study was prepared in January-

Latvia: Getliņi EKO Ltd

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Getliņi EKO Ltd was created in 1997 to run the largest waste treatment project in the Baltic countries – the Getliņi waste landfill. The company is focused on three interrelated efforts: reducing air pollution by methane gas, preventing groundwater pollution and modernising the Getliņi landfill. Employment has increased from 10 low-skilled jobs at the start of the reconstruction in 1999 to 86 jobs in 2011. Introducing new technologies in power generation and waste treatment has facilitated the creation of new jobs for qualified specialists and improvement of working conditions. Introduction

Czech Republic: OHL ŽS, a.s.

  • Organisation Size

    500+

OHL ŽS, a.s., a joint-stock company, is the fifth largest construction company in the Czech Republic, with a turnover of CZK 12 billion (approximately €473 million). The company has introduced a range of internal regulations related to environmental protection arising from the implementation of ISO 14001. This includes a system called EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). The company uses technologies that significantly reduce its impact on the environment and also reduce the costs of construction. The use of these green technologies required the company to introduce organisational

Italy: System Photonics, case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

System Photonics, established in 2009, is a new unit within the System Group, leaders in automation systems for the ceramic industry. The new operation produces photovoltaic panels by directly applying cells to ultra-thin large ceramics produced by another of the group’s units, Laminam, which require less than a third of the energy input of a standard ceramic. The technical properties of the encapsulant ensure the panel is entirely recyclable at the end of its life. Currently, System Photonics directly employs 17 workers, five of whom were transferred from Laminam where they have been

Lithuania: Arginta

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

This case study describes the greening practice of Arginta in the area of renewable energy and the influence of such practice on the quantity and quality of jobs. There was only a slight increase in the number of company’s staff as a result of the development of new renewable energy activity in 2009, because the company had preferred to improve the professional qualifications of existing employees instead of hiring new staff. Implementation of the green practices did not have significant effects on working conditions either, as the working conditions, according to the company’s management,

Slovenia: Stoja, d.o.o. case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Stoja d.o.o. is a small company in Slovenia specialising in the development and manufacture of motors and power electronics for electric vehicles and watercraft. The case study highlights the challenges facing this small innovative company and the obstacles for the successful implementation of its innovation. Limited access to financial recourses and an undeveloped market constrained the company’s development. As a result it failed to create high-quality green jobs and decided to quit its original ambition of being the pioneer in the field of green transportation in Slovenia. Introduction

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