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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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Digitalised one-piece-flow manufacturing

The wonders of digital production Digitalisation and product key saves material and energy costs Good example of 'just-in-time' manufacturing and customised production using digital solutions ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Making small-sized custom-packaging viable

Small package, big opportunity... Optimisation of space on foam blocks Accelerated development process and wider customer base Less waste on the client-side  Custom-packaging enterprises...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Digitally tracking air leaks

Expected and unexpected benefits An app that pays for itself within a couple of weeks Digital tool to map out compressed air leaks in a production hall Freeing up funds for more repairs There is no...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Digitalising foundry production processes

Century-old system gets a digital makeover Easily integrated smartphone app optimises manual labour processes Identical output achieved while savings 400 tonnes on input € 45 000 saving on energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Portuguese hotel turns to renewable energy

Full marks for energy Hotel's clear focus on resource efficiency and the environment paves way for great results 100 % of its power is generated by renewable energy sources Owners of the Hotel Rural...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Bioethanol and animal feed from bread spill of grocery stores

Bread salvagers Bread surplus from a Finnish grocery trading cooperative is used to produce bioethanol and animal feed Leftovers are collected from over 50 stores and bakeries in and around Helsinki...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit local community

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Supermarket reduces food waste by selection management

K's choice ​Targeted software and methods allow a Finnish grocery store to substantially reduce food waste in all departments Thousands of euros saved by reducing food waste over only a couple of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Meant to be tasted, not wasted

Retailer reduces food loss with customers on-board Finnish grocery stores actively communicate to customers about their food waste management efforts, encouraging them to reduce household food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost