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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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Film packaging, reducing fresh produce waste

Packaging tech tackles fresh food waste Successful trial of gas permeable packaging solution leads to full roll-out Solution has potential to cut product waste by up to 50 % throughout the supply...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Reducing corrugated cardboard weight

How to lose weight... in packaging at least The boom in online shopping and delivery has revealed an issue with packaging weight, strength and general suitability Packaging specialists see an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Technology

Sustainable water repellent finishes

 Inspired by nature ... for nature Durable water repellent (DWR) is a finish added to fabrics to make them water-resistant. The pores on the water-repellent fabric remain open so it can 'breathe',...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Energy efficient light bulb design

Efficient by design Tala LED® manufactures and retails energy efficient filaments and light-emitting diode spotlights. With the company’s mantra of ‘conservation through beauty’, the products combine...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.75 Year(s)
Good practice

Heat extraction in summer leads to year-round energy savings

Cool response to a heated situation Channelling heat out of the printing plant saves air-conditioning costs Substantial energy savings (9 MWh) 2.9 tonnes less CO2 emissions, saving around € 2 040 a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Ice-cream maker switches to LED lamps and boosts yearly...

LED lights also 'enlighten' your purse... Ice-cream manufacturer strives to make production more environmentally friendly In 2016, the company switched to LED lamps which saved 4 860 kWh and € 700...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

More web-conferences cut CO2 emissions and costs...

Less effort, less cost when switching to web-conferences Policy of more web-conferences for field manager saves on flights, slashes carbon footprint 25 % less flights per year means savings of around...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Steam and water meters lead to energy savings

Steaming ahead with energy-saving measures Introduction of metering system led to yearly savings of around € 5 600 Reduction of CO2 emissions from 95kg/tonnes to 60 kg/tonnes Bonduelle is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)
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Sustainable mobility policies at organisations

Developing a sustainable mobility policy can significantly reduce a company's carbon footprint, boost its image and competitiveness, while offering safety and security benefits for employees. There...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0-30 % 0 - 5 Year(s)
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
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy savings in a small hotel

Fortune favours the Fevery Ecolabel pioneer in Belgian hospitality sector Actions between 2010 and 2015 reduce power consumption by 11 % and gas and fuel by 33 % Hotel Fevery is a 10-room family...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11-33%