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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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Innovative packaging for frozen products

Packaging is usually developed simply to protect products during transportation, storage and display. However, in some circumstances, more complex packaging can be useful. A company looked at markets...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium 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
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%
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Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Applying sustainability requirements to packaging suppliers

Sustainable packaging may include packaging made from recycled (e.g. paper, plastic) or bio-based materials, reusable packaging, take-back schemes, etc. In order to save resources in line with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 15-30 % 1.2 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Green labelling and certification for infrastructure,...

Green labelling, also known as 'Ecolabelling', is a recognised scheme for businesses to communicate the environmental credentials of products they put on the market. The Ecolabel stimulates the...
Good practice

Total product redesign - cleaning products

Clever 'post-mix' cleaners Company rethought its domestic cleaning products to reduce waste and costs They changed the composition and packaging of the product Replenish, a company producing domestic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Smart packaging in paint industry

Life cycle map points the way forward An audit, as part of an EU-funded project, reveals where packaging can be rationalised at paint company Life cycle map highlights shipping and distribution...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Improving accounting of materials and energy using TOP 20 method...

Traditional accounting systems are not routinely designed to provide companies with information about total costs related to the use of resources and generation of waste and emissions. When a company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7-25 % 0.5 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Improving material and energy use...

Three ways to lose money... one way to stop it TOP 20 analysis highlights significant material and energy losses in packaging manfacture Measures taken to improve boiler, insulate buildings and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Implementing a waste-management system

The core goal of a waste-management system is to think of ways to improve a company's handling of non-product outputs (waste with zero or negative market value), and implement measures to minimise...