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

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

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

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

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