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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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Integrate renewable energies in the company heat generation

Using renewable resources for heat generation is good for your organisation’s balance sheet and for the environment. Tapping into renewable sources to heat your buildings means a lifetime of lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-80 % 2 - 12 Year(s)
Measure

Ecodesign for durable goods

Durable products designed with sustainability considerations, or ecodesigned, offer many advantages both to the company and the environment. Ecodesign takes into account the full life-cycle of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-50 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
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Systematic monitoring of material efficiency and productivity

Good monitoring and management are vital to reigning in energy costs and carbon emissions. Measuring and tracking resource use (energy, water and raw materials) is a key skill that all organisations...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Reduced water consumption in beverage production

Purge ends in 5 minutes! German company shows how to reduce water use through optimised cleaning-in-place technique  Shorter purge cycle reduces water consumption by 12 %, saving about € 10 600 per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 1 - 1.2 Year(s)
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Improving accounting of materials and energy using TOP 20 method...

Traditional accounting systems are not routinely designed to provide companies with information about total costs related to the use of resources and generation of waste and emissions. When a company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7-25 % 0.5 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Top 20 analysis saves energy and materials at Austrian...

The right balance makes a difference Top 20 analysis highlights where immediate energy and materials savings can be made  Optimising the software on a heat pump saves about 20 000 kWh of electricity...
Good practice

Strategic energy issues tackled in Polish textile industry

Beware the unknown costs! Textile business discovers inefficiencies in production and important cost-management gaps TOP 20 follow-up helps the company reduce energy consumption by over 5 % Oritex is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Good practice

Reduced energy and water consumption...

Open the door to resource efficiency! Analysis spots outdated machinery and poor energy- and water-management practices Measures help to cut the company's energy consumption by over 5 %   Ortel is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Good practice

Smart meters for SME premises

Better results with better advice Pilot programmes show substantial gas, water and power savings for SMES in different countries and settings Typical combined annual savings by participants of around...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-10%
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Refurbishment with water-saving sanitary installations

Older, more conventional sanitary installations can often easily be replaced by water-saving equipment. This cuts back on both fresh water consumption and sewage levels. Toilets can be equipped with ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-40 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
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Using rainwater and grey-water to reduce fresh-water consumption...

Rainwater and grey-water can be used instead of fresh-water in a number of applications, including toilet flushing, cleaning and irrigation, which reduces fresh- and waste-water volumes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-15 % 10 - 30 Year(s)
Good practice

Multipurpose rainwater use in southern Germany

Rainwater collection was just the start... Rainwater collection reduced fresh water consumption by 80 % An integrated heating and cooling application cut energy consumption 66 %, saving € 55 000 a...
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon