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

Romania: CEZ Cogealac-Fântânele wind farm case study

  • Organisation Size

    500+

In 2008 the CEZ Group began development of a land-based wind farm, with an installed capacity of 600 MW. The case study analysis reveals that the employment impact of this green practice is significant, especially in terms of attracting a specialised labour force in the research and development in the field of green technologies, for the building, installation and operation of the wind farm equipment and for functioning and maintenance of the wind turbines. On the other hand, the operation of the CEZ wind farm can replace a large number of workers in the mining and coal-based power industry

Lithuania: Utenos trikotažas

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Utenos trikotažas is a large textile producer in Lithuania with 780 employees. For more than decade the company has been engaged in green business practices to improve its energy and resource efficiency. This case study illustrates how different types of green business practices in production facilities have different effects on employees. A thorough analysis focuses on the effects on employment of the automation of fabric dyeing processes and highlights the associated improvements in employee health and safety conditions, among other issues. Introduction Notably, major environmental issues

Ireland: Ecocem case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Ecocem is an Irish-owned SME in the construction industry. Ecocem was established in 2001 with the purpose to be 100% green in terms of all jobs created and to produce and promote the use of a single green product (green cement). As the product is both green and high quality value-added, the company appears to have a competitive advantage over rivals in conventional building materials firms. In terms of job quantity and quality, the company has not made any employees compulsorily redundant in the ongoing recession and it seems to score well on various facets of job quality. Introduction

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

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