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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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Better building information modelling for material savings

More bam from your BIM! Building company introduces and extends its use of BIM to streamline processes and save Expected material cost savings of up to 15 % through integrated information control ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.2 Year(s)
Technology

Lobster Pod for shellfish transportation

The Lobster Pod is an innovative, patent pending live shellfish storage and transportation system. It has been scientifically proven to increase survival to over 99 % from an industry average of 85...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20-80%
Measure

Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Good practice

Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Supermarket collaborates with charity to reduce food waste

From food problem to food solution Programme to convert food waste into a food solution brings Tesco and FoodShare, a charity, together More than 300 tonnes of food diverted to those in need since...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Integrity Seal for frozen chips

Seal of approval Trademarked sealing technology proves its worth on potato product lines Improves output speed and quality, reduces costs and associated production and food waste McCain Foods Ltd. in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-30%
Good practice

Material audit improves production

Working together to deliver excellence Innovative Finnish building components maker sought advice to become a leaner and greener producer An audit revealed up to 68 proposed changes that could...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Only PEFC certified wood in play and fitness products, Finland...

Sustainable fitness check Finnish play and fitness set producer makes the case for sustainable wood Wood is CO2 neutral since it absorbs the same amount while growing as emisions generated end of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Timber and woodworking
Resource category:
  • Materials
Good practice

Supply chain collaboration in food and drink sector

A good 'rap' for waste reduction Food producer extracts further waste and costs-savings thanks to lean supply chain discipline 1 680 tonnes of waste reduction targeted through 17 projects and 110...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Film packaging, reducing fresh produce waste

Packaging tech tackles fresh food waste Successful trial of gas permeable packaging solution leads to full roll-out Solution has potential to cut product waste by up to 50 % throughout the supply...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon