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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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'Passive house' hospital in Frankfurt

Healthy approach to energy... World's first passive energy hospital Significant savings in operating costs are expected Klinikum Frankfurt Hoechst is building the world’s first hospital to meet the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Measure

Passive house

Passive House is a building that does not require much conventional building heating on account of its thermal insulation and airtightness with very energy-efficient windows and ventilation system....
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Meat and food company saves through continuous improvement

Thinking holistic... Production development programme is key to continuous improvement in meat/food company It factors in production, materials and sustainability in a holistic approach Finnish meat...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Evaporation method reduced plant’s energy...

Low steam ahead Energy audit identifies prime opportunity to save energy on inefficient evaporation treatment Using mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) to separate water from condensed liquids is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Evaporative solution brings savings

With advanced evaporation solutions, industrial steam consumption can be reduced significantly, by up to 40 %. One example of an advanced evaporation solution is the Mechanical Vapor Recompression (...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40%
Good practice

Energy efficieny in plastics painting

Investment in a new painting line pays off in many ways A plastic parts manufacturer improved their painting process energy efficiency by investing in waste heat recovery The plan is to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Glue manufacturer saves energy with geothermal heat recovery

Hybrid system taps into natural sources Finnish manufacturer combines waste heat and geothermal in its hybrid heating and cooling system The clever system cut annual energy costs by € 100 000 and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Resource efficiency ambitions translate into savings in...

A greener garden centre Efficient water and waste management measures are part of a more ambitious 'green' programme Measures like investing in LED lighting, a cardboard baler and efficient toilet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Refrigeration upgrade in a store saves money

Mini market, maxi savings Small businesses are always looking for ways to cut running costs Modern refrigeration and freezer units help one store save about € 2 000 a month on its energy bill...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Hotel communicates importance of saving resources

Energy and water saving is everyone's job Hotel implemented CSR into its management strategies Small investment (€ 350) achieved significant savings (€ 5 000 a year) in water and waste bills Izvora...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.12 Year(s)
Good practice

Heat pumps and other measures bring huge savings to spa hotel...

Refreshing energy efficiency moves Savings achieved in medium-sized spa hotel by implementing CSR measures Rethinking energy efficiency like this saves about € 12 000 every year Spa Hotel Fairy in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)