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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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Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Saving materials and waste through battery remanufacturing

Lithium-ion batteries get a second life Battery-maker investigates the cost and benefits of different remanufacturing scenarios Conclusion: remanufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is technically and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Pioneering French company invests in new green energy

The fruity aroma of success French fruit wholesaler and marketer turns its 1 800 tonne-a-year headache into an efficient biogas energy and heat plant Energy independence, co-generation potential,...
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Energy self-sufficient hotel and farm

This little piggy went to market ... and more  Hotel farmstay introduces circular economy thinking Crops, livestock, energy production, waste recycling ... everything is factored into this closed-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 15-30 % 1.2 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design...

Rock the cradle Specialist firm goes all the way in cradle-to-cradle thinking, design philosophy and manfacture for lab installations Develops range of lab furniture that meets C2C Product Standard...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Baby clothes subscription model in Denmark

Baby clothes for the sharing generation Innovative baby clothes subscription and sharing system saves resources Reusing and ultimatley recycling clothes is at the heart of the circular economy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-80% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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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

Total product redesign - diaper manufacturer

A diaper company applies cradle-to-cradle principles to its products It creates a reusable, disposable and partly biodegradable diaper gDiapers, a company producing diapers (nappies) decided to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Caterpillar paves the way in heavy machinery remanufacturing

Long history of sustainability on display Clever scheme to promote end-of-life product remanufacturing Almost no waste sent to landfill, and huge reductions in energy and water use Caterpillar is an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30% 4 - 6 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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20 % 1 - 8 Year(s)