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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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Preheating transport ladles

Cast-iron measures Company instals a more efficient burner system for preheating casting ladles Energy savings come to around € 29 000 a year The German casting company ACO Guss GmbH, with about 300...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis for exchanging heat

A win-win arrangement for neighbouring factories Industrial symbiosis between neighbouring businesses saves on energy and cuts emissions Waste heat from a metal plant is piped into a nearby malt...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Casting titanium components instead of milling

Titans of metal casting Technical advances in metal casting presented an opportunity to save resources Titanium casting and precision-milling technique led to large savings: 80 % energy and 75 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75%
Good practice

Successful material audit in tofu-making factory

Keep an open mind! External experts can see what needs doing from the outside-in Material audit halves biowaste production, identifies packaging and waste-saving options, and drives revenue up   Oy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5%
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Maintenance measures on refrigeration plants

Refrigeration is a process of mechanically cooling or reducing the temperature of a space, product or process. In some industries, such as chemical producers or the food and drink sector,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
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Energy optimisation using a heat exchanger in a German brewery

An energy-saving brew A brewery renewed its plant technology and implemented energy-efficiency measures The investment of € 1.8 million led to a yearly cost reduction of € 238 526 C. & A. Veltins...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8 Year(s)
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Energy-efficient refrigeration saves money at...

Lessons for all plants with cooling rooms A German meat-processing plant installed an interconnected refigeration system to reduce energy costs Yearly cost reduction of up to € 67 000 and CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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Hamburg pastry shop saves energy and boosts its bio-image

Organic coffee, sustainable thinking... a bio-bonus Pastry shop pursues a 'sustainable approach' on all levels: products, processes, principles It introduced several energy-efficiency measures Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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Centralised refrigeration saves energy in French...

Ophthalmic firm's sustainable vision Centralisation system eliminates cooling towers Optimised cold production and new technologies such as free-cooling Combined savings of € 49 887 yearly Essilor...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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Heat extraction in summer leads to year-round energy savings

Cool response to a heated situation Channelling heat out of the printing plant saves air-conditioning costs Substantial energy savings (9 MWh) 2.9 tonnes less CO2 emissions, saving around € 2 040 a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
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Ice-cream maker switches to LED lamps and boosts yearly...

LED lights also 'enlighten' your purse... Ice-cream manufacturer strives to make production more environmentally friendly In 2016, the company switched to LED lamps which saved 4 860 kWh and € 700...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Steam and water meters lead to energy savings

Steaming ahead with energy-saving measures Introduction of metering system led to yearly savings of around € 5 600 Reduction of CO2 emissions from 95kg/tonnes to 60 kg/tonnes Bonduelle is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)