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EREK database of resource efficiency

Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Maximising recovery rate in woodworking industry

Raw material costs in woodworking industry are significant: they form approximately 70-80 % of the total production costs of sawn wood and more than 50 % of the production costs of more downstream...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Local transport and 'green' mobility in tourist centres

Providing free or low-cost access to green options for local mobility appeals to guests who are conscious of their carbon footprint. Options include encouraging use of local transport, bicycles and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Efficient water fittings in guest areas

Water consumption in public spaces is highly variable, and depends on the services offered and the number of visitors on any given day. Installation of efficient fittings, selected through 'green'...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Biomass heat for accommodation services

Biomass heating systems can be used for space heating in buildings, hot water and production, or any combination of these. The most relevant source of biomass heat for the accommodation sector is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion industry

Pre-consumer textile waste in the cloth manufacturing sector is currently estimated at around 20 %. However, research suggests this figure could be much higher if all cutting scraps, production...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Improving fabric use in clothing production

Fabric utilisation depends directly on marker efficiency. Markers are usually paper consumables showing the outlines of the pattern for making cutting and making clothes. CAD design tools are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

How to find which part of HVAC should be retrofitted

Diagnosis of a building can help designers and architects to decide which aspects should be retrofitted in order to improve the energy efficiency of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Zero-cost actions for retailer HVAC control

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to make a building more comfortable for its occupants. In the case of retail businesses that means customers and staff. Several ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Measure

Organisational activities for efficient lighting

If lighting in a shop or warehouse uses over 12 kW/m2 of power, there is a high likelihood that savings can be made. Firstly, it is important to monitor energy consumption for lighting to find out...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Measure

Preventing spoilage and waste in the food retail sector

Food retailers tread a fine line when it comes to having enough stock to satisfy their customers but keeping spoilage and waste to a minimum. Some best practices can help retailers prevent food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Improving refrigeration display case efficiency

Food and product display cases are integral features of the customer browsing experience and vital to maintaining product quality, especially cooled displays and refrigeration cases.  Little-known...
Resource category:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 3 Year(s)