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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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Composting by Canadian restaurant radically cuts landfill

Looking to garbage for inspiration... Composting and recycling cuts landfill by 99 % and associated costs  8 cedar composting bins divert around 190 kg of organic waste weekly Cajun Attic, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 99-100% 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
Technology

Energy efficient cars

A comparison of a conventional car with an energy efficient one delivered positive results. The environmentally friendly car was the same model as the conventional car (gasoline-powered, efficiency...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Technology

Draught-proofing a building

Sealing up unwanted draughts is an inexpensive way of saving small to moderate amounts of energy by improving thermal insulation. Draught-free rooms and buildings are more comfortable at lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 15-30% 2.5 - 2.8 Year(s)
Technology

Cladding and roof insulation

Heating costs through the roof? Consider cladding and insulation Cladding is used to provide an additional layer of insulation to a building which improves thermal performance and weather resistance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 11 - 12 Year(s)
Technology

Cavity wall insulation

Have you looked into those cavities? Cavity wall insulation Insulating wall cavities can help you cut energy use and save money by reducing heat lost through walls in colder months, and keeping it...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 3.5 - 4 Year(s)
Technology

Refrigeration heat recovery

Recovering heat produced during the refrigeration process is possible and can help save energy and cut costs. Heat-recovery equipment can be fitted to existing plant or integrated in new buildings,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 4 Year(s)
Technology

Free cooling

Free cooling can assist in cooling water which is subsequently used in industrial processes or air-conditioning systems. It is an economical system which can help reduce costs and energy uses. Free...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20% 5.8 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
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Efficient uninterruptible power supply

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an electrical system containing storage systems (e.g. batteries, flywheels) capable of supplying high-quality electrical power without interruptions. The...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-55% 3.3 Year(s)
Measure

Save costs and troubles on your office equipment

Most businesses rely on a range of office equipment in order to function. From the basics like computers, printers, and copiers to projectors, scanners and teleconference facilities, it is widely...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 3 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

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
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-50 %
Measure

Monitoring material streams in the office

Measuring and monitoring resource use is a key skill that all organisations should master, regardless of size or sector. It should be one of the first steps your organisation takes to improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 %