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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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Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Consider the need for a sustainability officer

A relatively new management role, sustainability officers are top executives who determine how a company or organisation can best address environmental sustainability issues. Specifically, they may...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Baby clothes subscription model in Denmark

Baby clothes for the sharing generation Innovative baby clothes subscription and sharing system saves resources Reusing and ultimatley recycling clothes is at the heart of the circular economy ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-80% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel

Environmental and social benefits rolled into one Programme to recover used cooking oil and convert it to biodiesel saves resources and cuts CO2 Social enterprise running the operation creates new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Eco-footprint as a criteria for investment

Investing in everyone's future  Tapping into a need for eco-responsible investment, Pictet developed a sustainable bond rating system The system is gaining traction among pension funds  Pictet asset...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
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Footprint calculation schemes, application and reporting

Businesses that look ahead and actively manage their ecological risks and opportunities can gain a strong competitive advantage. Ecological footprint calculation schemes are increasingly used to help...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 % 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Procuring energy efficient computers

Computer comparison test Energy efficient computer is 7 % cheaper in terms of overall procurement costs Slightly higher investment costs are recuperated in one year Energy efficient model reduces CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10% 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
Good practice

Compacting waste in Californian restaurant

Pack it down and cut waste costs! Compacting restaurant waste reduces volume, cost and hauling Around € 1 400 saved on waste-removal every month Up to 80 % reduction of associated CO2 emissions from...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.8 - 1 Year(s)
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Introducing energy efficient compacting and baling equipment

Waste management is a big part of business operations which is often overlooked in terms of potential environmental and business benefits. Compactors crush waste into a smaller volume, allowing more...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-50 % 1.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Using green labelled recycled paper in offices

Every office needs a 'blue angel'   Recycled office paper is a viable 'green' alternative, saving businesses up to 13 % on paper costs Using recycled paper cuts CO2 emissions by 15 %, based on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15% 0 Year(s)
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Training staff to improve resource efficiency in offices

In steering changes towards more efficient and greener performance in a company, it is important to engage staff in the process to ensure that they are on-board. It is always a challenge to change...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-30 % 1 - 3 Year(s)