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 1 of 5)

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

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

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

Lithuania: Baltic Solar Energy

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

This study investigates green change in the Lithuanian company Baltic Solar Energy (BSE), specialising in photovoltaic energy and the manufacture of solar cells. The study demonstrates that the company’s shift to the production of solar cells will most likely result in the significant expansion of green jobs; after restructuring, approximately 80% of the company’s jobs will be newly created roles. It will also lead to the development of green skills, technical and engineering skills in particular. It is also anticipated that future green jobs will be better paid than the company’s

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

Luxembourg: Biogros SA

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Biogros SA specialises in the wholesale distribution of bio products in Luxembourg and is part of the Oikopolis Group, which is involved in producing, wholesaling and retailing organic food. The company has introduced different green practices including energy-saving measures such as building energy efficient buildings, offices and stores and also using energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning. Biogros is using compostable packaging that can be recycled and has waste management plans designed to reduce its impact on environment. The greening practices have no direct impact on the

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-

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

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

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

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