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This document is one of several environmental business case studies. This case study two concerns waste minimization/cleaner technology. The desirability of minimizing the volume or toxicity of waste has been recognized for some time. However, the financial benefits from such an approach have only recently been appreciated and the record on implementation has been poor. This stimulated Centre for Exploitation of Science and Technology (CEST) to establish a project on a river catchment to demonstrate that improvements in environmental protection and the economic viability of companies are not mutually exclusive. The Aire and Calder project was, therefore, launched in 1992 with eleven companies working with consultants to identify and implement changes to processes and procedures which would lead to improvements in both environmental and financial performance. Across the eleven sites, savings amounted to over £2 million per year within 12 months of the project starting, with the potential to double these savings if all feasible measures were implemented. However, the results are not described further in this paper since a comprehensive report is available (CEST, 1994). Hickson and Welch, the company selected for this case study is one of the participants in the Aire and Calder project.

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Authors: JOHNSTON N B, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16376 EN (1996) 23pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199610533 / Last updated on: 1996-05-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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