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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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Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Construction site waste management cuts CO2 emissions in half...

In the know A municipal housing company set a goal to improve construction site waste recycling rate in a pilot project Actions included establishing a waste sorting system at the site, educating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Simple but effective waste management in a convenience store

Small actions with a big impact Waste management in a convenient store led to 75 % reduced waste volume and € 3 500 annual savings  The move offers pointers to other small businesses seeking to trim...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Resource efficiency ambitions translate into savings in...

A greener garden centre Efficient water and waste management measures are part of a more ambitious 'green' programme Measures like investing in LED lighting, a cardboard baler and efficient toilet...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run bakery's investment in waste recycling

Invest now, save for decades! Benefits of waste recycling go beyond simply reducing waste It also decreases the amount of raw materials used and this saves money and helps the environment Every day...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste prevention as a strategy for planning business expansion

High achievers... Waste reduction, waste recycling, CO2 emission reduction, cost savings  Cheese company's bid to double production and cut down on food waste The Strathearn Cheese Co. is a micro-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 40% 1 - 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 Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall 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

The future of food waste

From bread to beer... Brewery converts waste bread into new products in support of sustainable development It is a working example of the circular economy Over 46 million slices of bread, or 44 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 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 Treating wastewater onsite...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)