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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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Santa Marta hotel - sustainability in combination...

Hotel's inspiring three pillars Save resources and costs for sustainable growth Respecting the environment Premium services for clients and social responsibility The managment of Inspira Santa Marta...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
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...
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Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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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%
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Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Food-processing company achieves dramatic energy savings

Comprehensive environmental gains Natural gas consumption reduced by 491 802 m3 per year Reduced electricity consumption by 1 030.4 MWh per year CO2 emissions down by 2 411.28 tonnes annually...
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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)
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Energy and resource efficiency at Turnberry

Energy turnaround for Turnberry Resort Famous luxury golf resort commits to far-reaching energy saving measures Target by 2020: cut energy by 30 %, water use by 20 %, and significant waste reductions...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 18-20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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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)
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Composting by Canadian restaurant radically cuts landfill

Looking to garbage for inspiration... Composting and recycling cuts landfill by 99 % and associated costs  8 cedar composting bins divert around 190 kg of organic waste weekly Cajun Attic, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 99-100% 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)