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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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Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Energy management in retail

The biggest savings in retail and wholesale can be made in areas where the energy consumption is highest, such as in lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. In each of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Solar shading for energy efficient building

Solar shading describes a number of systems used to control the amount of heat and natural light that is admitted into a building. As an integral part of the 'building envelope' in buildings with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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Implementing industrial energy management system in Finland

High standards deliver energy savings Three-tiered audit vital to high energy management standards at pioneering Finnish gyproc plant Audits coupled with real-time energy monitoring and fully engaged...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
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Kesko Logistics trains drivers in eco-driving

Driving eco-change... Large Finnish logistics company explores wide range of eco-friendly hauling solutions Optimised routing and loading as well as training for contract hauliers in eco-driving...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-15% 0 Year(s)
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Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

World’s first scaled-up water-free and chemical...

This solution is just to 'dye' for ... New scaled-up dyeing solution is faster and uses less materials and energy, which saves costs Innovative clean technology successfully combines profitability...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75-95% 3 - 5 Year(s)
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

Smart ordering in seafood restaurant

Waving goodbye to food waste Seafood restaurant with strong waste-reduction credentials continues to learn and improve Customer perception of dishes running out can be managed; demonstrates items are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Pub restaurant seeks savings with Sunday lunch service

Carving out benefits tackling food waste Busy pub-restaurant discovers vast waste-reduction opportunities through better customer relations and serving practices ‘First-come, first-served' and 'when...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Reducing food waste takes all-in effort

Restaurant is 'boxing clever' on reducing food waste Tandoori restaurant involves staff in campaign to reduce waste Portion sizes identified as major contributor, calling for a total rethink The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Low- and no-cost measures to reduce food thrown away

Even top performers can learn how to further reduce food waste Café fine-tunes its well-established practices that respect every part of the food system It offers tips and interacts with everyone in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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