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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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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)
Good practice

Forced ventilation with heat recovery in office building

Public building in Prague gets bespoke ventilation and heat recovery Well-ventilated indoor environment considered worth the premium for an office refit Energy consumption reduced by ~600 GJ per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 30.8 Year(s)
Measure

Implementation and modernization of measuring and control system...

Measuring and control systems (MCS) are used to automatically control both manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes, including monitoring, visualisation and evaluation. Installation of frequency...
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