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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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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
Technology

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosts a desktop operating system through a centralised server. This means no need for individual PCs, as employees access the system and their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-50%
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Technology

Fleet management software

Fleet management software helps organisations (public and private) streamline operations relating to their fleet of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition through maintenance to disposal. The main...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 8-25% 0.08 - 0.5 Year(s)
Technology

Energy efficient cars

A comparison of a conventional car with an energy efficient one delivered positive results. The environmentally friendly car was the same model as the conventional car (gasoline-powered, efficiency...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Water-saving headlines at UK holiday resort

Ribby's 'green agenda'  Holiday resort sets ambitious sustainability programme and delivers on it Water-saving and leak detection, zero waste-to-landfill programmes, buying local, and more  Water...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Collective waste management at industrial park in France

The 'waste' club Award-winning waste-management collective € 36 000 saved on general rubbish disposal € 16 432 saved on paper and cardboard  After moving her company to the Château Industrial Park in...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 36% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Using recycled paper to cut waste at printing company

Zero tolerance policy to tackle paper waste Printing company implemented a zero-waste strategy 70 % of the paper now used is from recycled stock Seacourt Print Ltd, a printing company with strong...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Improving office paper consumption in Swedish bank

Going digital for the environment Digitisation efforts aimed to reduce paper consumption 85 % less physical letters (paper) sent to customers Graphic paper consumption dropped by 76.4 % Skandinaviska...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Reducing office and technical waste streams in France

Turning over a page in resource saving Waste monitoring table reveals areas for improvement Measures reduce paper use by 16 % in the office Increased reusable (dust) filter use by 27 % Hervé Themique...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 16-20% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Technology

Energy efficient hand dryers

High-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers have become an industry standard today, thanks in large part to better technologies and improved performance. Modern dryers boast 10-15-second dry times and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 90% 0.5 - 2.5 Year(s)
Good practice

'Green IT-in-a-Box' centralised system saves costs

Thinking outside, and inside, the box Superfast and green IT solution saves family business money  50 % energy savings cut operating costs by around € 2 181 Discounted Office Supplies (DOS) is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 50% 0.08 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Reduce office waste and gain a competitive advantage

About 70 % of office waste is recyclable. As recycling is generally cheaper than other disposal routes, ensuring you effectively recycle can save your organisation money. To set up an effective and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-70 % 0.25 - 1 Year(s)