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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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Pioneering water strategy by major UK hospitality group

Water saving, the Whitbread way...  46 greywater recycling systems installed, 30 litres average daily saving per room, 30 % average reduction in potable water use 657 m3 annual consumption saving per...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-30%
Technology

Water-saving valves for a medium sized enterprise

Water-saving valves, a simple efficiency measure for SMEs too Regular hand-washing is hygienic, and stops the spread of viruses and bacteria. But all that washing can use a lot of water. Installing...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30% 0.1 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Hygiene measures lead to water-savings in Munich hospital

Cleaner and greener plumbing ~600 m3 saved water per year Annual cost savings of € 2 400 The Municipal Hospital in Munich, Germany replaced ten conventional taps in the canteen/kitchen area with ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25% 1.25 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient water consumption by raising...

The art of water saving Awareness-raising and practical measures save water on campus Reduced annual water consumption by 1 183 m3 and cost savings of around € 2 660 London Metropolitan University is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

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)
Good practice

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
Measure

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
Measure

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