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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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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

Pest control in agriculture as a service

Bring in the experts! Farms traditionally own costly equipment, yet use them rarely or seasonally Specialist services, such as integrated pest management, can be paid for as and when they are needed...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-3%
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)
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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
Measure

Integrating remanufacturing into production systems

Remanufacturing is the rebuilding, repairing or restoring of an end-of-life product or part to return it to like-new condition. Remanufactured products or parts should be backed by the same or...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-85 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Assessment and improvement of production line...

Changes and improvements to production infrastructure can significantly reduce raw materials used, and related costs of storage, as well as boost manufacturing efficiency. According to McKinsey...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-50 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Dutch innovator builds functional sales models

Matches made in... Turntoo Clever sales models are reshaping the producer-consumer relationship with energy and resource benefits Intermediaries can design match-ups that yield good results for...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 4 Year(s)
Measure

Functional sales business model

As the name suggests, functional sales business models focus on adapting the function and benefits of a product or service to customer needs instead of emphasising the physical product per se. In...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40 % 1 - 2 Year(s)