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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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Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable catering saves money

The big sustainable swap Sustainable solutions introduced by major catering services company The move away from single-use cups leads to big savings and environmental gains Sodexo provides catering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Collaborating to maximise resource efficiency in hotels

Small saving with a huge impact Hotel prevented 2.5 tonnes of furniture from being landfilled This saved only a small amount (around € 87 or £ 78), but the action reduced CO2 emissions by 7 tonnes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original After the implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the shopping mall core sustainability components and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable wastewater treatment chemicals in a dairy

Tackling the sludge  Strategic use of organic chemical cleaners saves UK dairy € 50 000 annually Reduced need for harardous chemicals and water savings as a direct result Treatment wastewater onside...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Technology

Smarter wastewater treatment in shopping malls

The treating of wastewater onsite in shopping malls could significantly reduce the water bill and bring other environmental benefits, such as water recycling and wastewater minimisation. Major...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50-90% 1 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Sorting and recycling facilities in hotel rooms

Guests sort, hotel earns Equipping hotel rooms with recycling bins reduces overall hotel waste by 40 % Savings carry over to associated waste-management costs too  Statistically, the average hotel...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 1 - 5 Year(s)
Technology

Waterless urinals

The best solution to reduce water consumption for urinal flushing is to install waterless urinals. They operate using chemical-impregnated plastic pads, or a spring-loaded trap and a floating layer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Santa Marta hotel - sustainability in combination...

Hotel's inspiring three pillars Save resources and costs for sustainable growth Respecting the environment Premium services for clients and social responsibility The managment of Inspira Santa Marta...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Energy saving to become a modern conference centre

Transformation of another kind... 80 % of the hot water demand is produced by a 40m2 solar collector system Natural wall-cooling system using water from nearby well Annual energy savings are around...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 7 Year(s)