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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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Good practice

Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
Good practice

Energy savings in a small hotel

Fortune favours the Fevery Ecolabel pioneer in Belgian hospitality sector Actions between 2010 and 2015 reduce power consumption by 11 % and gas and fuel by 33 % Hotel Fevery is a 10-room family...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11-33%
Good practice

Small-scale biomass gas plant in Swedish dairy

Dairy further boosts its green reputation Micro-scale power plant (Volter) covers about 20 % of annual electricity demand Plant generates 40-45 kW of electricity and 100 kW heat Dual-use plant works...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 8 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Biomass backed by geothermal and solar meet Fronius'...

An energy trio... Energy autonomy thanks to combined geothermal, biomass and solar power Up to 80 % of heating by biomass-fired combined heat and power plant, ~20 % covered by geothermal Fronius...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40% 8 - 10 Year(s)
Technology

Cladding and roof insulation

Heating costs through the roof? Consider cladding and insulation Cladding is used to provide an additional layer of insulation to a building which improves thermal performance and weather resistance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11 - 12 Year(s)
Technology

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
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20% 5.8 Year(s)
Measure

Integration of solar energy in the company heat generation

Most industry-grade process heating systems are based on steam or hot water from boilers that today mainly burn fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal, or electricity generated by different sources....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-30 % 1.5 - 5 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
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-45 % 1 - 4.5 Year(s)
Measure

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

Upgrade boilers to use self-produced energy

Companies can generate energy for their own use and improve their overall energy efficiency by modernising existing equipment. Simple measures like replacing old boilers with new ones can increase...
Good practice

Replacing old coal boiler with more efficient gas unit

Out with the old and in with the new...  Measures costing € 360 000 lower energy consumption and save some € 50 000 annually  Infrared heaters in production area reduce related energy consumption by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 5.4 Year(s)
Measure

Implementation of forced ventilation system with waste heat...

Many production processes generate heat that escapes out windows or other openings in the building. That is a waste, especially when it can be used to preheat incoming air, water or other media as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-25 % 2 - 20 Year(s)