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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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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)
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable catering saves money

The big sustainable swap Sustainable solutions introduced by major catering services company The move away from single-use cups leads to big savings and environmental gains Sodexo provides catering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Water savings in a meat processing plant

Pressure goes down, savings go up Meat processor identifies excess water consumption during cleaning Calculations reveal where savings could be made but the end result maintained An audit of water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 100% 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Converting waste heat from restaurant's kitchen into enegry...

Solving two problems at once Family-run restaurant made saving about € 6 000 annually from heat waste generated by ovens, fridges, etc. Kitchen staff benfit from more pleasant working conditions The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run meat company targets resource efficiency

Cold truths about hot water  Meat production company targets high refrigeration and hot water costs A new heat exchanger channels waste heat from freezers towards the factory's hot water needs ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40% 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Biomass for sugar production

Sweet taste of success Sugar factory optimises its whole energy management systems Measures identified and implemented result in € 272 000 in annual savings Illintsi Sugar Factory produces 10 800...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.7 Year(s)
Good practice

Water metering saves money in a hotel

Benchmarking for better performance Metering identifies sources of high water consumption in a hotel Targeted actions to save water reduce water bill by € 3 150 Hotel Festa Sofia is a modern, stylish...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
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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
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Refrigeration upgrade in a store saves money

Mini market, maxi savings Small businesses are always looking for ways to cut running costs Modern refrigeration and freezer units help save one store about € 2 000 a month on its energy bill...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Collaborating to maximise resource efficiency in hotels

Small saving with a huge impact Hotel prevented 2.5 tonnes of furniture from being landfilled This saved only a small amount (around € 87 or £ 78), but the action reduced CO2 emissions by 7 tonnes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Hotel communicates importance of saving resources

Energy and water saving is everyone's job Hotel implemented CSR into its management strategies Small investment (€ 350) achieved significant savings (€ 5 000 a year) in water and waste bills Izvora...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.12 Year(s)