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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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New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Major agri-food producer reduces annual CO2 emissions in...

Mission 'renewable energy' As part of a wider renewable energy drive at Nestlé, French plant instals efficient biomass boiler Measure cuts CO2 emissions by 6 500 tonnes and energy bills by 40 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Biomass boiler cuts CO2 emissions at French cheese factory...

A biomass bonus Cleaner biomass boiler and energy recovery equipment cuts annual CO2 emissions by 7 000 tonnes and energy bills by 40 % Installation creates a full-time job and supports local economy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Optimising CO2 consumption by changing technology

A problem with gas Soft drinks-maker tackles the problem of an energy-hungry carbonator with innovative tech The installation cuts energy consuumption by 47 %, saving the company € 147 000 every year...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.8 - 0.9 Year(s)
Good practice

Insulating steam network cuts fuel consumption

Just like that... 10% oil savings! Energy audit shows soft drinks-maker where gains can be made Even things like insulating steam networks can make a big difference  SNEMBG manufactures and bottles...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.7 - 1.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Jam manufacturer saves 100 tonnes of fuel oil per year

When letting off steam is a problem Jam factory discovers how to fix its steam production, save fuel and boost its performance Actions taken to optimise and upgrade its steam system save around € 35...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.4 Year(s)
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)
Good practice

Work safety with LED lights

Finnish manufacturer sees the light Campaign to replace lighting with energy efficient LEDs pays off Apart from cost savings, the measure improves work safety, comfort, and efficiency Rakennusbetoni...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Measure

Mobility plan for company personnel

Implementing long-lasting changes, including behavioural change, requires good planning and commitment by employees and management. Mobility planning is a classic example of how this works. Typically...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Improved temperature control in batch reactors

Warm reaction to proposed new measures A review of temperature controls during different production phases can lead to savings Fine chemical producer explored optimal control settings to save on...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
Good practice

Automatic control of steam-heated distillation plants

All steamed up Food company investigates ways to optimise its steam production plant Discovers a feed-forward system can iron out steam production fluctuation  Steam is a major component in most food...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
Measure

Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon