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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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Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
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Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design...

Rock the cradle Specialist firm goes all the way in cradle-to-cradle thinking, design philosophy and manfacture for lab installations Develops range of lab furniture that meets C2C Product Standard...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Green labelling and certification for infrastructure,...

Green labelling, also known as 'Ecolabelling', is a recognised scheme for businesses to communicate the environmental credentials of products they put on the market. The Ecolabel stimulates the...
Good practice

EU certification and ecolabel is key to biotech business model...

Unique selling point for 'green' biotech Growing bio and chemical business built around respect for environment Pioneering efforts to obtain certification and push for greener alternatives Ecolabels...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5-10% 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental product declaration in the mooring sector

Opening sustainable salvo a success   Environmental declaration by large marine accessories producer Part of wider strategy to raise awareness of sustainable production Vicinay Cadenas is the first...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Financing sustainability through external sources

Initial investment costs can discourage SMEs from choosing to pursue sustainability as a business strategy; the vague long-term benefits and payback on the investment might not seem worth it. And the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 25 Year(s)
Good practice

Jeans-maker informs customers how to use its product

From rags to rugs... Jeans company values its product's full life cycle It provides information on how to care for its products, sourcing, recycling and reuse options   Swedish denim label Nudie...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Consider the need for a sustainability officer

A relatively new management role, sustainability officers are top executives who determine how a company or organisation can best address environmental sustainability issues. Specifically, they may...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Baby clothes subscription model in Denmark

Baby clothes for the sharing generation Innovative baby clothes subscription and sharing system saves resources Reusing and ultimatley recycling clothes is at the heart of the circular economy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-80% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Membrane filtration of brine in cheese production

Say cheese! Cheese factory uses more sustainable filtration process Results in better product quality, less costs and reduced chemical use Immersion of cheese in brine is an important step in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Footprint calculation schemes, application and reporting

Businesses that look ahead and actively manage their ecological risks and opportunities can gain a strong competitive advantage. Ecological footprint calculation schemes are increasingly used to help...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 % 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)