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

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

Italy: EnerBLU srl case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

EnerBLU produces electric vehicles for the transportation of people and goods. Because the company converts commercial petroleum-fuelled vehicles into electric ones, managers prefer to call the business transformation rather than production. Based in Modena, the second ranked Italian automotive district, the company has expanded its business to three other European countries. Conducted in January–February 2012, the case study illustrates how the electrification of the automotive industry brings about change in workers’ profile, the work environment and career perspectives. Introduction

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

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

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

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–

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