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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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Smart energy management system identifies big...

Slick energy saving for Sligo Park Hotel  Monitoring and investing in energy delivers € 10 053 annual cost savings Boiler and lighting upgrade saves 187 000 kWh energy and 54 000 kg CO2 emissions...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10% 0.3 - 0.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Smart meters at Peacock Group stores in the UK

Positive reading from smart-meter pilot  Smart metering trial in ten stores saved energy and reduced costs and CO2 Average of € 566 saved by controlling out-of-hours energy waste Reduced average...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 8% 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Partnership among logistics providers in Scotland

The best of both worlds... Reduced empty running by 14 % Increased customer satisfaction Improved fleet utilisation and load efficiency Small logistics providers have to deal with varying demand,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-15% 2 - 3 Year(s)
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Improving office management to reduce waste

Every office generates waste such as paper, cardboard, packaging, bottles, disposable plates, cups, cutleries, towels, food waster, etc. A 'wasteful' company typically has higher material and waste-...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Integrating remanufacturing into production systems

Remanufacturing is the rebuilding, repairing or restoring of an end-of-life product or part to return it to like-new condition. Remanufactured products or parts should be backed by the same or...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-85 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Assessment and improvement of production line...

Changes and improvements to production infrastructure can significantly reduce raw materials used, and related costs of storage, as well as boost manufacturing efficiency. According to McKinsey...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-50 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Dutch innovator builds functional sales models

Matches made in... Turntoo Clever sales models are reshaping the producer-consumer relationship with energy and resource benefits Intermediaries can design match-ups that yield good results for...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 - 4 Year(s)
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Improvement of thermal insulation of the building envelope

Good insulation of exterior walls, floors, ceilings/roofs, windows, and exterior doors can reduce your new building’s energy demand (both cooling and heating) by some 35 %. Thermal insulation can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-35 % 6 - 15 Year(s)
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Functional sales business model

As the name suggests, functional sales business models focus on adapting the function and benefits of a product or service to customer needs instead of emphasising the physical product per se. In...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Use of waste heat from machines at Spiess Blechtechnik GmbH

Recycling waste energy just made sense… A metalwork plant built its own heat capping and recycling solution A simple, clever system to channel waste heat in- or outside the plant depending on the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 60-75% 0 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

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)