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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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Sustainable and energy-efficient German bakery

Next step, CO2 neutral... Sustainable and energy-efficient bakery radically cuts CO2 emissions Its energy strategy reduces energy consumption by half Ihr Bäcker Schüren is a German bakery almost...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

A second life for rice waste

Viable plastic alternative Ten years of R&D pays off by discovering a second use for rice waste  Tackling an agricultural waste issue by transforming rice husk into plastics La Cámara,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Reusing coffee grounds to produce vegetables and compost

The 4Ps of success SME collects and re-uses coffee grounds to produce mushrooms 25 % of turnover in 2018, concludes three years of increasing turnover PermaFungi, an urban agricultural and circular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
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Sawmill optimises timber drying

Making the most of a heated situation Finnish sawmill company improved its energy efficiency by 22 % Major savings were achieved by investing in new continuous drying kilns and related heat recovery...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 7 - 8 Year(s)
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Fish manufacturer's no-waste approach

Not a single bone to waste... Food-processing company introduces ambitious zero food-waste programme in its fish production Company has also emphasised ecological packaging and managed to reduce...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy overhaul in a printing facility

Smart systems to control energy  Extensive energy efficiency renovation in printing plant including artificial intelligence to control the new systems Modernisation of plant managed to significantly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
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Finnish grocery store's quick rewards from a plastic compressor investment

Compact results City market identifies a high percentage of unrecycled plastic The results encouraged the store to invest in a compactor for plastic waste  In four months, several tonnes of plastic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
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Energy savings under the Italian sun with solar shading

From the industrial to the modern age... Residential buildings with passive energy standard are built on an abandoned industrial site The complex was built with natural construction materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

First low-cost energy positive house in Wales

Setting the example SOLCER house is the first low-cost energy positive house in Wales The building is a demo of existing technologies - reduced energy demand, renewable energy production, and energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Low-impact and affordable housing in UK

Is this the future of sustainable community living? Affordable and ecological co-housing project in the UK pilots a new kind of community ownership scheme Housing is built with ecological materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Award-winning office building among the most sustainable in the world

Pioneering building raises the standard Office complex recognised as most sustainable new office building In addition to outstanding energy efficiency, the complex is functional and has a great...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Rainwater harvesting in office building

Making the most of a vital resource Opportunity to install a rainwater harvesting system as part of a major office rennovation Rainwater harvesting reduces the need for clean drinking water thus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost