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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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Free cooling

Free cooling can assist in cooling water which is subsequently used in industrial processes or air-conditioning systems. It is an economical system which can help reduce costs and energy uses. Free...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20% 5.8 Year(s)
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Using secondary materials in your business

What one company or sector considers a residue, byproduct or waste, another company or industrial sector only sees potential raw materials. More and more industries are trying to transform their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste carbon as a resource for product synthesis

Rethinking carbon Biological conversion of waste carbon from industrial processes Transforming it into useful commodities and fuel LanzaTech is revolutionising the way the world thinks about carbon....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis ecosystem in Denmark

The human factor Working together for a common good is at the heart of symbiotic relationships in businesses too Long-term success thanks to the commitment of the companies and all staff involved ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Introducing energy efficient compacting and baling equipment

Waste management is a big part of business operations which is often overlooked in terms of potential environmental and business benefits. Compactors crush waste into a smaller volume, allowing more...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Waste management and recycling
Resource category:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-50 % 1.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Professional software to optimise international...

Simple solutions to complex challenges Software enables centralised purchasing for multi-located company It results in more transport bundling, reducing costs and CO2 emissions Greiner Bio-One...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-15% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Energy efficiency of compressed-air equipment

Generating and supplying compressed air is a very energy-intensive activity. Improving the energy efficiency of compressed-air equipment by implementing concrete measures can save more than 30 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-50 % 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
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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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-50 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
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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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Heat recovery from production processes

Even in workplaces which have already introduced energy saving measures, there is still one untapped source… waste heat. Industrial or thermal processes produce heat that is all-too-often released...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-45 % 1 - 4.5 Year(s)