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

Cyprus: Electricity Authority of Cyprus

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Although the Electricity Authority of Cyprus does not have the profile of an environmentally friendly organisation, its current and planned green practices are of major importance. Compared with other industries, the process of greening in the electricity sector presents peculiarities and constraints due to the nature of its activities. Overall, there seems to be an urgent need to develop a human resources strategy to raise the issue of managing the impact green change on employment. This action could support the necessary larger involvement of employees in this crucial issue. Introduction

Finland: Skaala

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

Skaala operates in the wood manufacturing sector producing products for the construction industry. Its main products are windows and doors (main, balcony and internal). It also provides first-time installation as well as renovation services. In addition to producing highly energy-efficient products, Skaala has adopted widespread procedures that minimise and recycle waste in its operations, thereby making jobs more environmentally friendly. All materials used are carefully planned with recycling in mind. Skaala’s certifications include environmental and quality certificates as well as an

Italy: Alto Garda Power/Cartiere del Garda case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

Alto Garda Power (AGPower) was founded in 2006 in order to manage a co-generation power plant that supplies electricity and steam to the Cartiere del Garda paper mill. Besides meeting the energy requirements of the mill, this plant supplies a district heating service for the town of Riva del Garda. The introduction of the new co-generation plant has allowed the paper mill to keep its production in an urban and touristic area, turning some limits linked to the context into real opportunities. Introduction District heating (or teleheating) is a system aimed at distributing heat generated in a

Germany: ENERTRAG AG case study

  • Organisation Size

    100-499

ENERTRAG AG is one of the leading suppliers of renewable energy in Germany. Its core business is wind energy. ENERTRAG is an integrated provider, that is, it covers all steps from planning and financing to operating and maintaining wind energy plants. ENERTRAG’s headquarters is located in a rural area marked by a declining population, making it especially difficult to recruit suitable employees. The company meets this challenge with a number of innovative measures, ranging from tailor-made training to special incentives for newly recruited employees. The case study was prepared in December

The Netherlands: DSM case study report

  • Organisation Size

    500+

DSM is a life sciences and materials sciences company active in health, nutrition and materials. It has pursued a sustainable business approach by developing the ECO+ concept to evaluate the sustainability aspects of its products, including plastic materials, and to design greener products). The case study illustrates the integration of an ambitious sustainability strategy into the business of a global company working in a knowledge-intensive market. It exemplifies approaches used by DSM Engineering Plastics, a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions, to

Greece: PELAN S.A. case study

  • Organisation Size

    0-99

PELAN S.A. was established in 2008 to handle waste in an environmentally advanced way. It was a landmark investment in the recycling sector of the Peloponnese, a relatively backward region in terms of established environmental practices. It is an interesting case as it differs from other sector companies in combining several varied activities: the collection and transportation of waste electronic and electric equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling and solid industrial waste management. Introduction Recycling rates in Greece are still low in relation to the requirements of the

Bulgaria: Sofiyska Voda

  • Organisation Size

    500+

Sofiyska Voda is part of the Veolia Water Group and is the largest water utility company in Bulgaria, providing water supply and sewage services to the capital, Sofia. In 2009, Sofiyska Voda introduced combined heat and power technology for energy production from the bio-gas produced at the sludge digestion facility at its Kubratovo waste-water treatment plant. The case study illustrates how this new green technology contributes to reducing carbon emissions and the operational costs of the company, and its impact on employment and skills development. While not creating new jobs, the new
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