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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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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)
Measure

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)
Good practice

Laundry in Germany saves resources by using rainwater

Every drop counts Industrial laundry cuts a major resource cost simply by catching and using rainwater National environment fund (DBU) backed the project Company cuts fresh water use by 22 %  ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20-22% 4 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Online asset-sharing platforms

Getting into the flow of asset-sharing Sharing under-used assets makes economic sense  Returns depend on the asset type, value and times it is shared Once a company identifies assets that it can ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-90% 3 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Caterpillar paves the way in heavy machinery remanufacturing

Long history of sustainability on display Clever scheme to promote end-of-life product remanufacturing Almost no waste sent to landfill, and huge reductions in energy and water use Caterpillar is an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30% 4 - 6 Year(s)
Measure

Optimisation of cleaning-in-place systems

Since the 1950s, clean-in-place (CIP) systems have been reliably used to clean inside surfaces of tanks and pipelines in liquid process equipment to avoid costly downtime associated with lengthy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-5 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
Measure

Improving office management to reduce waste

Every office generates waste such as paper, cardboard, packaging, bottles, disposable plates, cups, cutleries, towels, food waster, etc. A 'wasteful' company typically has higher material and waste-...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost