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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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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
Measure

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)
Good practice

Optimised cleaning-in-place for bottled water industry

Just take a CIP! Project targets fresh water rationalisation in production processes Case-by-case system design is critical to developing successful CIP solutions  The EU-funded AquaFit4Use...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Good practice

Environmental management system at Portuguese glass-maker

Glass-maker seeks transparency ... in environmental performance A focus on EMAS boosted environmental transparency and delivered savings  Reduced water consumption by 48 % and energy consumption by...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 17-48%
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Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
Good practice

Using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies

Green, clean and surprisingly lean on the budget Green cleaning products cost 7 % less than conventional products per 1 000 litres used Less water is needed to dillute and dissolve green cleaners...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0-8% 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Using green labelled recycled paper in offices

Every office needs a 'blue angel'   Recycled office paper is a viable 'green' alternative, saving businesses up to 13 % on paper costs Using recycled paper cuts CO2 emissions by 15 %, based on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15% 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Grey-water recycling in Spanish hotels

Water recycling by design Grey-water recycling system built into hotel design from the ground up Reduces annual fresh water consumption by around 20 % The 100-room NH Campo de Gibraltar hotel in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 8.3 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Simple water efficiency measures at Henderson of Edinburgh

Water is precious… established Scottish restaurant tells why A growing food business zeroed in on a major water waster… toilets Fitting passive infrared sensors reduced toilet water use by up to 75...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-33% 0 - 0.2 Year(s)
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Training staff to improve resource efficiency in offices

In steering changes towards more efficient and greener performance in a company, it is important to engage staff in the process to ensure that they are on-board. It is always a challenge to change...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-30 % 1 - 3 Year(s)