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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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Better oversight of materials and energy...

Taking the next step to sustainability Furniture-maker goes a step further to boost its energy and resource efficiency Input-output analysis pinpoints hidden costs in production and beyond Moretti...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Good practice

Input-output analysis helps Italian...

How to top a scrap problem Component-maker employs TOP 20 to evaluate where energy and material gains could be made Targeted measures cut back on unrecovered scrap losses and identify new products...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 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...
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Refurbishment with water-saving sanitary installations

Older, more conventional sanitary installations can often easily be replaced by water-saving equipment. This cuts back on both fresh water consumption and sewage levels. Toilets can be equipped with ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-40 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
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Refurbishment with energy efficient lighting

Any standard lighting system combines a lamp and a luminaire. Advances in technology have significantly improved the energy efficiency and performance of today’s lighting solutions. Modernising...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-70 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Introducing an environmental management system

A certified environmental management system (EMS) is a coherent strategy for reducing your environmental impact, complying with legislation and setting continuous improvement targets in a systematic...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Estonian water utility's eco-management efforts

Long-term collective effort gets the results A raft of environmental measures form part of Tallinn water utility's EMAS strategy Today, it uses 88 % of biogas produced on-site thanks to waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-20%
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Positive incentives for employees to reduce resource use

Positive incentives for employees are closely related to information, education and training activities. While information and training are often the first steps, this measure focuses on positive...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Employees engage in a German SME's environmental policy

Undercover energy agents German SME effectively combines HR development and resource protection Workshops and programmes benefit the company and the environment while improving employee motivation...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Competitions and games motivate staff to be energy...

Sherrifs track down energy villains US wholesale company offers staff rewards and encouragement to cut energy costs Killer Watt Gang game creates energy saving spirit which is good for team-building...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-25% 0.5 - 3 Year(s)
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Collaborative and circular business model

Changing the company business model can involve new services, products and approaches to sourcing resources and dealing with customers. The motivation could be to capitialise on a new value...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)