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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 membrane for ultrafiltration saves water

Clever food allergen filter New ultrathin membrane filters out contaninants Leads to reduced water use and more effective decontamination  Manufacturers try to keep their production lines running for...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cascade system for powder coating pretreatment

Getting the full (pre)treatment Material efficiency report reveals where water and chemical savings can be made Measures introduced lead to a 90 % reduction in annual water use and 72 % chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.7 Year(s)
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Monitoring water consumption in office buildings

Why monitor your water consumption? Saving water and associated costs begins with an accurate assessment of current consumption. Knowing how much water you use, as well as when and why you are using...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-40 % 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Water minimisation in food processes

Water is often an undervalued resource. Organisations and their employees have little or no idea how much water they use, or the amount of money that could be saved by using water more efficiently. ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Energy and water-saving in Bulgarian bakery

Well-baked plan to save resources A series of power- and water-saving measures cut annual costs Installing solar panels offsets investment costs Annual savings: € 17 000 on grid electricity, € 3 600...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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Implementing an energy management system

Using energy efficiently helps organisations save money as well as helping to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001, an energy management standard, includes methodology enabling ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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High-pressure cleaning in food and drink industry

Pressure cleaning is used for cleaning floors, walls, vessels, containers, open equipment and conveyors, and as a rinsing stage following cleaning and the application of chemicals. In high-pressure...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Green cleaning in place (CIP)

Green cleaning in place, or Green CIP for short, is a technology enabling the re-use of caustic soda during parts cleaning in food and drink production. The principle is that pipes and tanks are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Hotel guests view EU Ecolabel as proof of quality

Stamp of approval Good guest reviews regarding Ecolabel and green actions 73 % acknowledged hotel's certification and 93 % saw it as a good sign Green measures cover water, heating, lighting and more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 13-24%
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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Food-processing company achieves dramatic energy savings

Comprehensive environmental gains Natural gas consumption reduced by 491 802 m3 per year Reduced electricity consumption by 1 030.4 MWh per year CO2 emissions down by 2 411.28 tonnes annually...
Good practice

Winery shows how to save water in irrigation and cleaning

Clean and lean water use Installation of drip-feed irrigation system reduces water consumption by 5 100 m3 and saves ~€ 7 000 per year Reorganising tank cleaning saves € 800 and cuts yearly water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)