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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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Digitalised one-piece-flow manufacturing

The wonders of digital production Digitalisation and product key saves material and energy costs Good example of 'just-in-time' manufacturing and customised production using digital solutions ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
Good practice

Optimising heat recovery in fish-drying process saves money

The heat is on... too high! Energy audit reveals energy wastage in key fish-drying process Focusing on improvements along two workstations recovers € 67 700 per year in lost heat Copalis is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 0.7 - 0.8 Year(s)
Measure

Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Measure

Optimising steam-generation systems

Steam is in heavy demand in industries requiring heating processes, and it is typically an energy-intensive process to generate it. The ratio of steam energy costs to total energy costs ranges ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Centralised refrigeration saves energy in French...

Ophthalmic firm's sustainable vision Centralisation system eliminates cooling towers Optimised cold production and new technologies such as free-cooling Combined savings of € 49 887 yearly Essilor...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Food-processing company achieves dramatic energy savings

Comprehensive environmental gains Natural gas consumption reduced by 491 802 m3 per year Reduced electricity consumption by 1 030.4 MWh per year CO2 emissions down by 2 411.28 tonnes annually...
Technology

Voltage optimisation

Seriously, voltage optimisation rocks! Voltage management is an umbrella term for various technologies aimed at optimising, stabilising, regulating, or plain reducing the amount of volts needed to...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 7.6 Year(s)
Technology

Motor power optimisers

When running at low load, electric motors are less efficient. A motor power optimiser (also known as load sensing optimisers) could save between 5 % and 15 % on electricity. Motor optimisers are...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 3.4 Year(s)
Technology

Variable speed drives (VSDs)

VSDs prove that speed really is relative after all Variable speed drives (VSDs) – also known as drive frequency converters, adjustable speed drives, or inverters – are an increasingly popular...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
Measure

Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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)