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 4 of 5)

Malta: WasteServ Malta

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

WasteServ Malta is Malta’s major operator in the waste management sector. WasteServ is committed to establishing and maintaining innovative waste management practices which also protect the environment and society. This case study illustrates the main motivators behind one particular green business practice adopted by the company, namely the introduction of waste separation at source and the introduction of anaerobic digestion of the organic part of municipal waste to generate biogas. The introduction of new practices, through new technology, increased the number of jobs in the company,
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United Kingdom: Tesco case study report

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Tesco PLC is one of the world’s largest retailers, operating in 13 countries with a workforce of almost 500,000. It is pursuing an ambitious climate change strategy across its worldwide operations to become a zero-carbon business by 2050. This case study portrays the approach taken by Tesco PLC in the UK to manage its carbon emissions through integration of climate change into its business operations. It exemplifies the green business practices implemented at Tesco UK within its property and distribution functions and how they have affected the quality of work and employment. The case study

Slovenia: Danfoss Trata case study

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Danfoss Trata, a part of Danfoss District Energy, is engaged in NACE subsector 33.20, Repair and installation of industrial machinery and equipment. It manufactures district heating products and solutions, i.e. products ‘that help to protect the global environment’. This case study looks at the setting up of a heat exchangers competence centre in Slovenia. Highly efficient heat exchangers contribute to more efficient district heating and reduction of energy use. The competence centre resulted in the introduction of a new green business activity of considerable size and in the creation of

Poland: ANWIL S.A. case study

  • Organisation Size

    500+

In 2008, the chemical company ANWIL S.A. was the first in Poland to implement catalytic reduction of nitrous oxide (N2O) by the installation of catalysts in its ammonia oxidation reactor, thus reducing the emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas by 90%. The investment did not interfere much with the previous system of nitric acid production, and therefore there were no changes to the employment structure and working conditions. Through systematic internal training of employees, a stable element of the HR policy within the constantly modernising ANWIL S.A. plant, it was possible to

Poland: HOCHTIEF Development Poland (HDP) case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

The construction and real estate industries and use of property are responsible for a significant share of CO2 emissions and energy consumption in Europe, so it is expected that the introduction of environmental norms and standards will have consequences for these sectors. Thus, an analysis of the environmental certification of an existing building, which is one of the largest office buildings in central and eastern Europe, allows the identification of the consequences of such processes for the quantity and quality of jobs in HOCHTIEF Development Poland Ltd (HDP). HDP is a real estate

Norway: Kleven Maritime

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Kleven Maritime AS is a Norwegian-owned shipbuilding company – a pioneer in building liquefied natural gas-driven vessels that drastically reduce emissions of CO2 and NOX compared with conventional diesel-driven vessels. The case study illustrates the interplay between the shipbuilding company and the other companies in the supply chain of environmental shipping, customers, NGOs, industry organisations and public authorities. It further exemplifies how creative entrepreneurship and extensive collaboration between relevant actors can positively affect attitudes, policies, regulations, the

United Kingdom: A&P Falmouth, case study

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

A&P Falmouth is the largest ship-repair complex in the UK, one of four ship repair facilities of the A&P Group. Recently the company has expanded its fabrication and engineering services to the renewables industry. This case study analyses the effect of this on vessel conversion and manufacturing practices for wave energy devices. The latter did not have significant impact on the amount of jobs and job quality, but it was accompanied by some anticipation and management approaches which are rather well transferable in the industry. This case study was prepared between February and

France: Mia Electric

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Mia Electric took over production on an existing site of a bankrupt car supplier in 2010 in order to create a fully electric car. The green restructuring of the company is characterised in particular by its supplier network being based locally, which aims at reducing transport emissions. To meet the needs of the new product line, the company requires skilled employees, which are rare in the local labour market, which makes training an important issue. Working conditions and industrial relations are characterised by a high degree of continuity. Introduction In 2010, employment in vehicle

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

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