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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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Material savings by reusing prune waste

Money for jam... and pits  Well-established conserve-maker converts bio-waste into a revenue stream Selling its prune pits to a partner company cuts waste by 26 % and saves around € 3 600 a year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Eco-efficient textile dyeing

Dyeing can take place at multiple stages within the supply chain, from dyeing fibres and yarns through to fabrics and garments. The environmental impact of dyeing is related to the type of dye, type...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings

Get the specs right from the outset... and save! Assumptions about materials and processes can lead to over-specification and end up costing more Matching real requirements to specifications can save...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Brewery cuts beer waste on Scottish island

Swannay racks up savings on new equipment Small brewery followed expert advice to save 5 680 litres of beer during casking New equipment saves almost € 11 400 a year  Swannay Brewery on the Orkneys...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

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

Clean fuel from animal- and plant-based fats, oils and greases

Clever, scalable waste-to-energy solution Modular, scalable technology for converting waste fat and grease into biofuel Clean biodiesel from 100 % waste that produces no emissions and radically lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Good practice

Supermarket collaborates with charity to reduce food waste

From food problem to food solution Programme to convert food waste into a food solution brings Tesco and FoodShare, a charity, together More than 300 tonnes of food diverted to those in need since...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Design efficiency – zero-waste patterns

Research by WRAP estimates that around 200 000 tonnes of waste are produced during garment manufacturing each year in the UK. The research provides detail on the combined losses for cotton and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Waste
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Turn wood residues into a valuable raw material through...

Industrial symbiosis is an industrial ecosystem where the unused or residual resources of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits. It is a...