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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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Free cooling

Free cooling can assist in cooling water which is subsequently used in industrial processes or air-conditioning systems. It is an economical system which can help reduce costs and energy uses. Free...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20% 5.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings at a dairy farm

Smarter farming saves power Audit reveals changes in equipment and practices to save energy Device for varying milking speed reduces electricity use by 20 % Heat recovery and improvements to milk...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-35% 4.5 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel

Environmental and social benefits rolled into one Programme to recover used cooking oil and convert it to biodiesel saves resources and cuts CO2 Social enterprise running the operation creates new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Waste management and recycling
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Pest control in agriculture as a service

Bring in the experts! Farms traditionally own costly equipment, yet use them rarely or seasonally Specialist services, such as integrated pest management, can be paid for as and when they are needed...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-3%
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Optimisation of cleaning-in-place systems

Since the 1950s, clean-in-place (CIP) systems have been reliably used to clean inside surfaces of tanks and pipelines in liquid process equipment to avoid costly downtime associated with lengthy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-5 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Distillery in Austria learns how to save energy using...

Positive experience inspires continued effort Top 20 analysis highlights measures where energy performance was lacking Improvements like reducing compressed air demand (by 20 %) saved on electricity...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20% 0.8 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Top 20 analysis helps cut energy use in Austrian animal...

Look closely and all kinds of savings can be found Top 20 analysis reveals energy-saving opportunities Adjusting compressed air pressure, for example, saves about 19 000 kWh in electricity a year...