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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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Optimising distillation plants

Distillation is a process where a mixture of different chemicals is separated using different chemical boiling temperatures. Purification of products is the main application of distillation processes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 %
Good practice

Optimised steam boiler to raise energy efficiency, Austria

 Steaming ahead... Dairy producer tackles its inefficient steam and sterilising system on multiple fronts Measures result in energy savings of 1 372 000 kWh and € 62 500 in cost savings a year An...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Modifying malt processes

Probably the best waste-prevention in... Major brewery takes steps to prevent and redirect waste more effectively As a result it diverts 263 tonnes of waste and saves ~€ 231 927 per annum Waste in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Measure

Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Maintenance of cooling and freezing equipment

Freezer rooms, cold rooms, and controlled ambient stores represent a considerable financial investment and should, with proper maintenance, last for 20 or 30 years. Damage and degradation to freezing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Renewable energy in food and drink manufacturing

If on-site conditions are favourable, it is efficient to integrate renewable energy into production processes. It has strong potential in several subsectors of the food and beverage industry, ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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%
Good practice

Smart hand dryers

Handy technology New hand dryers mean energy and cost savings while providing useful information A library expects to save € 22 640 on washroom facilities The British Library had an annual spend on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Better use of steam leads to cost savings

Taming the steam Food-maker gets control of its steam production with simple measures Optimising boiler times and rationalising steam use in scalding and sterilisation saves 7 % and 3 % respectively...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Increase energy efficiency of water and steam generators

Under pressure! Pharmaceutical plant focuses on making its steam and hot-water production more energy- and cost-efficient Controlled measures like optimising operational times on equipment and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Measure

Optimising steam-generation systems

Steam is in heavy demand in industries requiring heating processes, and it is typically an energy-intensive process to generate it. The ratio of steam energy costs to total energy costs ranges ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 % 1 - 2 Year(s)