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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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Painting with foils

Colourful solutions German painting and coating specialist explores new techniques to boost quality Less faults translates into material and energy savings  The German paint and colour company Karl...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Machine tool management system

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20 %
Measure

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing includes many technologies, like 3D-printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication. They all have one main thing in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Drying with solar energy

Sun smart power Industrial painting company turns to renewable energy Combined with smart technology, it cut energy consumption by 50 %  The German painting company Lackiercenter Schulte uses vast...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Monitoring with smartphones

Old meets new... Foundry explores new digital monitoring technology The new approach saves the company about 243 600 kWh of electricity per year The German foundry Kemptener Eisengießerei has taken...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving material and energy with laser sintering (3D-printing)

A sintering success Tool-maker investigates ways to cut its material waste and boost efficiency A type of 3D-printing technique proves effective  The German company Jomatik GmbH produces prototypes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Simple retrofit saves energy in retail store in Scotland

When simple is much better than expected... Retailer leads the way in its proactive energy saving approach Simple retrofit results in wide-scale savings on power and waste Simple retrofitting that...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

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