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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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Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Meant to be tasted, not wasted

Retailer reduces food loss with customers on-board Finnish grocery stores actively communicate to customers about their food waste management efforts, encouraging them to reduce household food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Utilising food waste from grocery retail

Food waste should primarily be reduced to a minimum. However, some food waste will inevitably be generated. Stores can then look for ways to put unsold groceries to use. Food residues from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Measure

Preventing spoilage and waste in the food retail sector

Food retailers tread a fine line when it comes to having enough stock to satisfy their customers but keeping spoilage and waste to a minimum. Some best practices can help retailers prevent food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Leading on resource efficiency, Welsh government

Tackling food waste as a priority Welsh government explored ways to reduce food and packaging waste Tackling food waste alone saves more than 16 tonnes of CO2 and over € 4 000 (£ 3 600) in costs per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Innovative procurement strategy to embed...

Flexible working environment, flexible furnishing City council explores innovative ways to re-use and refurbish existing furniture to create a new office environment Novel approach to procuring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Collaborative workplace is inspirational and sustainable

Inspired ideas... green results! Public health body creates a unique workplace, embedding sustainability as a core principle Innovative approach to procuring re-used, remanufactured office equipment...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Embedding sustainability in procurement...

The natural way to zero waste... London museum seeks to establish a sustainable procurement policy and strategy Received support for six projects to help them embed sustainability into their...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
  • Other
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Surplus food redistribution

Food redistribution is where surplus items, which would otherwise end up as waste, are made available for other uses and consumption. Companies, charities and individuals can all benefit from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Recycled and repurposed rubber materials save money

Welcome ... to recycled rubber mats Welcome mats using recycled rubber, as good as new but 10-15 % cheaper to make Circular economy player before the notion existed The Belgian firm Verimpex has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-15%