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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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Integration of solar energy in the company heat generation

Most industry-grade process heating systems are based on steam or hot water from boilers that today mainly burn fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal, or electricity generated by different sources....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-30 % 1.5 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Systematic training is part of Hettich's...

Thinking green from day one Environmental awareness-training decreases energy consumption by 80 kWh per tonne of output Training covers a range of subjects including energy management, waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-15% 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings at a dairy farm

Smarter farming saves power Audit reveals changes in equipment and practices to save energy Device for varying milking speed reduces electricity use by 20 % Heat recovery and improvements to milk...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-35% 4.5 - 5 Year(s)
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Training staff to improve energy efficiency

Organisations in both the public and private sectors are increasingly aware of the need to train staff in energy efficient behaviour and operations. SMEs are beginning to follow suit, realising that...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5-15 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design...

Rock the cradle Specialist firm goes all the way in cradle-to-cradle thinking, design philosophy and manfacture for lab installations Develops range of lab furniture that meets C2C Product Standard...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Carpet tiles made from 100 % recycled yarn

Pioneering spirit... Carpet tile-maker sets out to reduce its environmental impact Launches recycled nylon line and expands it to many colour combinations Interface is a global manufacturer of carpet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Using secondary materials in your business

What one company or sector considers a residue, byproduct or waste, another company or industrial sector only sees potential raw materials. More and more industries are trying to transform their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste carbon as a resource for product synthesis

Rethinking carbon Biological conversion of waste carbon from industrial processes Transforming it into useful commodities and fuel LanzaTech is revolutionising the way the world thinks about carbon....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis ecosystem in Denmark

The human factor Working together for a common good is at the heart of symbiotic relationships in businesses too Long-term success thanks to the commitment of the companies and all staff involved ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

World’s first product packaging made from ocean plastic

Packaging inspired by sea urchins Company sets up a business model to create packaging out of plastic marine debris Pioneering recycling process for plastic marine debris is developed Method, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon