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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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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)
Good practice

Smarter transport logistics with driver behaviour...

Track and trace paves way to better driving Software to track and train drivers boosts flet management efficiency Fuel economy improved by 11 % Fuel wasted through idling reduced by 68 % Scotia Gas...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-12% 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Professional software to optimise international...

Simple solutions to complex challenges Software enables centralised purchasing for multi-located company It results in more transport bundling, reducing costs and CO2 emissions Greiner Bio-One...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-15% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Total product redesign - diaper manufacturer

A diaper company applies cradle-to-cradle principles to its products It creates a reusable, disposable and partly biodegradable diaper gDiapers, a company producing diapers (nappies) decided to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Smart packaging in paint industry

Life cycle map points the way forward An audit, as part of an EU-funded project, reveals where packaging can be rationalised at paint company Life cycle map highlights shipping and distribution...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Pest control in agriculture as a service

Bring in the experts! Farms traditionally own costly equipment, yet use them rarely or seasonally Specialist services, such as integrated pest management, can be paid for as and when they are needed...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-3%