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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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Improving material and energy use...

Three ways to lose money... one way to stop it TOP 20 analysis highlights significant material and energy losses in packaging manfacture Measures taken to improve boiler, insulate buildings and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Input-output analysis helps Czech furniture...

The true value of data  TOP 20 analysis reveals a major disconnect between physical and financial operations New machinery and systems installed to counter material losses and improve energy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5.5 Year(s)
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Implementing a waste-management system

The core goal of a waste-management system is to think of ways to improve a company's handling of non-product outputs (waste with zero or negative market value), and implement measures to minimise...
Good practice

Multipurpose rainwater use in southern Germany

Rainwater collection was just the start... Rainwater collection reduced fresh water consumption by 80 % An integrated heating and cooling application cut energy consumption 66 %, saving € 55 000 a...
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
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Introducing an environmental management system

A certified environmental management system (EMS) is a coherent strategy for reducing your environmental impact, complying with legislation and setting continuous improvement targets in a systematic...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

Positive incentives for employees to reduce resource use

Positive incentives for employees are closely related to information, education and training activities. While information and training are often the first steps, this measure focuses on positive...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Employees engage in a German SME's environmental policy

Undercover energy agents German SME effectively combines HR development and resource protection Workshops and programmes benefit the company and the environment while improving employee motivation...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

German firm's 'NoWaste' strategy

Full-scale waste scheme German company reuses steel by-products to reduce waste 100 % of steel scrap is reused Waste that cannot be reused in the factory is sold to other businesses The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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Collaborative and circular business model

Changing the company business model can involve new services, products and approaches to sourcing resources and dealing with customers. The motivation could be to capitialise on a new value...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

Implementing smart meters at SMEs

A 'smart meter' is an electronic device that can measure and control energy or water consumption through two-way interaction between a measurement unit and a control unit. Meters are available for...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: 3-15 % 0.6 - 1 Year(s)