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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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Hamburg pastry shop saves energy and boosts its bio-image

Organic coffee, sustainable thinking... a bio-bonus Pastry shop pursues a 'sustainable approach' on all levels: products, processes, principles It introduced several energy-efficiency measures Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Bio-food company's energy saving gels with green image

Energy savings in the can... SME tweaks thermostat and saves 21 500 kWh annually Financial gains of € 4 000 per year Annual carbon footprint down by 1.1 tonnes of CO2 Maison Prosain has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
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SPIT metals optimises air-conditioning management,...

Economising in an energy-intensive sector SPIT's optimised air-conditioning system significantly cut energy costs Saving the planet an equivalent of 89 000 km car journeys SPIT has 65 years of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Technology

Seven-day time heating-control

According to the Carbon Trust, heating can account for as much as 60 % of total energy use, yet a large proportion of the energy consumed by heating is likely to be wasted due to incorrect control...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1.2 Year(s)
Technology

Optimum start control

Optimum start controls vary the times that heating systems come on, depending on the weather, occupancy, and the current heat in the building. Using optimum start instead of fixed time control can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 3.6 Year(s)
Technology

Heating decentralisation

Large, centralised, hot-water systems can often be inefficient. At times when demand for hot water decreases, a large system can waste energy and money. Equally, with decentralised systems it is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 4 Year(s)
Measure

Save costs and troubles on your office equipment

Most businesses rely on a range of office equipment in order to function. From the basics like computers, printers, and copiers to projectors, scanners and teleconference facilities, it is widely...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 3 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

Fleet management optimisation

Managing commercial fleets of cars, vans, trucks, trailers and specialised vehicles used for work purposes is a time-consuming and resource-intensive task. Fleet management covers a range of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 7-15 % 0.5 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Renting and leasing

Renting and leasing means that you can use a product without owning it. This can be favourable, for example if you only need a certain tool once, or if it is a complex tool that needs a lot of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
Measure

Asset sharing between businesses

Sharing an asset with other companies can be done when you are not using the asset for 100%. An asset can be anything that you use to make your business run: from an oven for catering services to...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 50-75 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Smart meters at Peacock Group stores in the UK

Positive reading from smart-meter pilot  Smart metering trial in ten stores saved energy and reduced costs and CO2 Average of € 566 saved by controlling out-of-hours energy waste Reduced average...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 8% 1 - 1.5 Year(s)