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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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Nordic Swan ecolabel underpins Estonian print company

Remember to read the 'green print'!  Printing company with a robust eco-philosophy reeps benefits in Nordic market Natural inks, oils and recycled paper are a key part of the green printing approach...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Energy self-sufficient hotel and farm

This little piggy went to market ... and more  Hotel farmstay introduces circular economy thinking Crops, livestock, energy production, waste recycling ... everything is factored into this closed-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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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
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

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...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Carlsberg, (probably) the best heat-recovering brewery in the world...

Excellent recovery! Recovering heat saves on energy and cuts CO2 Results in annual energy efficiency gains (~3.5 %) and less CO2 emissions (~600 000 kg) Carlsberg brewery is an energy-savings front-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3-4% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 18-20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Water-saving headlines at UK holiday resort

Ribby's 'green agenda'  Holiday resort sets ambitious sustainability programme and delivers on it Water-saving and leak detection, zero waste-to-landfill programmes, buying local, and more  Water...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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What to know before investing in a new printer

Paper is a major purchasing and disposal cost. It is estimated that the average office worker uses up to 45 sheets of paper per day, of which over half is considered waste. However, an efficient...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-50 %
Good practice

Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Carpet tiles made from 100 % recycled yarn

Pioneering spirit... Carpet tile-maker sets out to reduce its environmental impact Launches recycled nylon line and expands it to many colour combinations Interface is a global manufacturer of carpet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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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