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.

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Estonia: Skanska EMV AS

  • Organisation Size

    250-500

Skanska EMV AS is a large company in the construction sector of Estonia that has adopted a green business practice by finding new solutions for energy-efficient building. The case study illustrates the implementation and challenges of green change in the construction sector from the perspective of a large company in a new EU Member State. It demonstrates the impact of climate change on the entire functioning of business and provides examples of approaches used by the company to manage green change, including change in number and quality of jobs. Introduction The Estonian construction sector

Cyprus: Metro Foods Trading

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Since 2008, Metro Foods Trading Ltd has implemented a comprehensive set of green business practices and is currently one of the most environmentally friendly retailers in Cyprus. To do this, the company has collaborated with private sector companies and NGOs. The employment impact of green business practices is rather limited to date, due to the characteristics of the practices, the features of its economic sector (retail trade) and efforts made to simplify green labour tasks as much as possible. Introduction According to the Statistical Service of Cyprus, in 2009 the share of the trade

Sweden: Green Cargo

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Green Cargo is a Swedish company with 2,800 employees, providing railway-based freight transport services nationally and internationally. It has positioned its entire business as the greenest transport service provider in Sweden by promoting its high share of renewable electricity powered trains. Furthermore, it is constantly striving to reduce its remaining use of fossil fuels through a number of efficiency measures. The case study illustrates how a company can exploit and promote its advantage to provide environmentally superior services and make a substantial impact in the market, and

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

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

Italy: Alto Garda Power/Cartiere del Garda case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Alto Garda Power (AGPower) was founded in 2006 in order to manage a co-generation power plant that supplies electricity and steam to the Cartiere del Garda paper mill. Besides meeting the energy requirements of the mill, this plant supplies a district heating service for the town of Riva del Garda. The introduction of the new co-generation plant has allowed the paper mill to keep its production in an urban and touristic area, turning some limits linked to the context into real opportunities. Introduction District heating (or teleheating) is a system aimed at distributing heat generated in a

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

The Netherlands: DSM case study report

  • Organisation Size

    500+

DSM is a life sciences and materials sciences company active in health, nutrition and materials. It has pursued a sustainable business approach by developing the ECO+ concept to evaluate the sustainability aspects of its products, including plastic materials, and to design greener products). The case study illustrates the integration of an ambitious sustainability strategy into the business of a global company working in a knowledge-intensive market. It exemplifies approaches used by DSM Engineering Plastics, a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions, to

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