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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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Seaside hotel drives breakfast buffet savings

Try the popular 'savoury crumble'! Inventive hotel comes up with measures to optimise breakfast shifts and reduce food waste Clever use of leftovers in new dishes and surplus food offered to staff at...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Good practice

Balancing food waste and customer experience

A portion of caution Hotel restaurant trials smaller portions to reduce massive amounts of observed 'plate waste' The trial followed WRAP recommendations Great care is needed to balance customer...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Good practice

Nordic Swan ecolabel underpins Estonian print company

Remember to read the 'green print'!  Printing company with a robust eco-philosophy reeps benefits in Nordic market Natural inks, oils and recycled paper are a key part of the green printing approach...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Quality wood only from sustainable Finnish forests

Feel the positive energy! Hoisko uses only wood from sustainable and responsible forestry Responsibly harvested wood is a very sustainable raw material Hoisko is a cross-laminated timber (CLT) brand...
Good practice

Green CIP delivers multiple benefits in dairy production

Leaning towards clever cleaning   Employing CIP cuts caustic soda use by some 90 %, and energy and water use by 50 % each It also decreases cleaning downtime, boosts productivity and generates...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Quality and material efficiency go hand in hand

Efficiency at Finnish funerary specialist Carpentry company specialised in coffins and funerary urns maximised raw material use Significant material savings by optimisation sawing process Shorter...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resource category:
  • Materials
Measure

Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Eco-efficient textile dyeing

Dyeing can take place at multiple stages within the supply chain, from dyeing fibres and yarns through to fabrics and garments. The environmental impact of dyeing is related to the type of dye, type...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Ice pigging in dairies

What's in a name? Dairies explored benefits of employing ice pigging in their production cycles Results showed substantial cost and environmental savings Yeo Valley Farms and BV Dairy in the UK...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
Technology

Cold pad batch dyeing for cotton

The cold truth Reactive dyes are the family of dyes generally used to dye cotton, viscose, and other cellulosic fibres. However, reactive dyeing requires vast amounts of salt, water and energy. The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Technology

Solution dye for polyester

Experts estimate that up to 11 % of the 'cradle-to-factory gate' carbon footprint of a 100 % polyester ladies top, for example, is due to the yarn dyeing stage. Coloured polyester fibres may be more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings

Get the specs right from the outset... and save! Assumptions about materials and processes can lead to over-specification and end up costing more Matching real requirements to specifications can save...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)