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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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Enzymes for finishing cotton fabrics

Resource-friendly fabric finish Biopolishing is a textile finishing process using cellulase enzymes to modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Pilling (lint balls on the fabric) is reduced, colour...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-25% 0 Year(s)
Technology

Flexible thermal insulation for solid walls

Warm, comfortable ... and budget-friendly Effective thermal insulation can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions. It can also improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Technology

Aerofoil technology for refrigeration equipment

Aerofoil technology can be fitted to the front of refrigerated display cases to minimise chilled air and energy losses. Aerofoil solutions can cut energy consumption by up to 30 %.  Multi-deck...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Technology

Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

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
Technology

Cold pad batch dyeing for cotton

The cold truth Reactive dyes are the family of dyes generally used to dye cotton, viscose, and other cellulosic fibres. However, reactive dyeing requires vast amounts of salt, water and energy. The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Technology

Solution dye for polyester

Experts estimate that up to 11 % of the 'cradle-to-factory gate' carbon footprint of a 100 % polyester ladies top, for example, is due to the yarn dyeing stage. Coloured polyester fibres may be more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Technology

Energy saving systems from iPower

Power to the people iPower is a Scottish-based social enterprise, striving to deliver low-carbon energy systems for all. They work with social housing but also other residential enterprises. iPower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30%
Technology

Energy efficient light bulb design

Efficient by design Tala LED® manufactures and retails energy efficient filaments and light-emitting diode spotlights. With the company’s mantra of ‘conservation through beauty’, the products combine...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.75 Year(s)
Technology

Combined heat and power generation system

Combined heat and power (CHP) helps to reduce total fossil fuel consumption from on-site boilers and the power stations they import electricity from. As such, CHP systems help to cut energy bills and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.8 Year(s)
Technology

Draught-proofing a building

Sealing up unwanted draughts is an inexpensive way of saving small to moderate amounts of energy by improving thermal insulation. Draught-free rooms and buildings are more comfortable at lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 15-30% 2.5 - 2.8 Year(s)
Technology

Cladding and roof insulation

Heating costs through the roof? Consider cladding and insulation Cladding is used to provide an additional layer of insulation to a building which improves thermal performance and weather resistance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11 - 12 Year(s)