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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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Engine manufacturer combines modular product...

As good as new... or better A Finnish engine manufacturer has maximised material efficiency by combining modular product design to remanufacturing Remanufactured engines can be better than the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Remanufacturing is a growing line of business for Valtra

Guaranteed gearbox returns... Finnish tractor manufacturer has built a profitable and growing new line of business from remanufacturing tractor gearboxes A deposit at point of sale guarantees...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Specialist shop in Italy wins with zero-waste shopping

Local shop tackles 'food print' in its own style  Sustainable shop sells local produce, unpacked, and mostly organic Customers buy what they need with no extra packaging, all part of the shop's prize...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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

Zero waste at Denby Ceramics in the UK

Synergy seals the zero-waste deal Partnership deal diverts 3 936 tonnes of waste from landfill Cost savings totalled around € 11 400 and additional sales of some € 125 000  Denby Ceramics has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50-80% 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Production of recycled paper products

Greening the paper trail  A company providing paper, visual communication and packaging decided to improve its CSR strategy It developed an eco-analysis tool to communicate the benefits of recycled...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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
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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