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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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Modifying malt processes

Probably the best waste-prevention in... Major brewery takes steps to prevent and redirect waste more effectively As a result it diverts 263 tonnes of waste and saves ~€ 231 927 per annum Waste in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Measure

Maintenance of cooling and freezing equipment

Freezer rooms, cold rooms, and controlled ambient stores represent a considerable financial investment and should, with proper maintenance, last for 20 or 30 years. Damage and degradation to freezing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Renewable energy in food and drink manufacturing

If on-site conditions are favourable, it is efficient to integrate renewable energy into production processes. It has strong potential in several subsectors of the food and beverage industry, ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Better use of steam leads to cost savings

Taming the steam Food-maker gets control of its steam production with simple measures Optimising boiler times and rationalising steam use in scalding and sterilisation saves 7 % and 3 % respectively...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient glass production saves energy...

Masterclass in glass manufacturing Combined measures, including a new furnace, greater use of recycled material and lightweight glass, deliver results For every 10 % of recycled glass used, 3 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Good practice

Successful material audit in tofu-making factory

Keep an open mind! External experts can see what needs doing from the outside-in Material audit halves biowaste production, identifies packaging and waste-saving options, and drives revenue up   Oy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5%
Good practice

Energy optimisation using a heat exchanger in a German brewery

An energy-saving brew A brewery renewed its plant technology and implemented energy-efficiency measures The investment of € 1.8 million led to a yearly cost reduction of € 238 526 C. & A. Veltins...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy-efficient refrigeration saves money at...

Lessons for all plants with cooling rooms A German meat-processing plant installed an interconnected refigeration system to reduce energy costs Yearly cost reduction of up to € 67 000 and CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Steam and water meters lead to energy savings

Steaming ahead with energy-saving measures Introduction of metering system led to yearly savings of around € 5 600 Reduction of CO2 emissions from 95kg/tonnes to 60 kg/tonnes Bonduelle is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 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)
Good practice

Energy and water-saving in Bulgarian bakery

Well-baked plan to save resources A series of power- and water-saving measures cut annual costs Installing solar panels offsets investment costs Annual savings: € 17 000 on grid electricity, € 3 600...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)