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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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Replacing liquid paint with powder coating saves...

Solving a solvent problem Hazardous liquid painting method replaced by powder coating requiring no solvents Reduces up to 98 % of VOC emissions, produces better, more efficient results, and less...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Standardising chemical product containers cuts...

Seeing room for improvement is where it all starts Plant identifies how to reduce hazardous waste, save money and improve efficiency Measures cut hazardous waste by around 33 %, save staff time, and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Aeronautics firm radically cuts waste and saves resources

Well-grounded waste reduction  Company cuts material consumption and waste by installing an evaporator Adjusting its purchasing policies and procedures and other good practices also saves resources...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Investment and innovation to cut emissions in the cement industry...

An 'i' for an 'i' ...   Investment combined with innovation drives major positive change in the tradition-bound cement sector New technology cuts costs, reduces harmful emissions and paves the way...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Polish research institute sets up central printing system

Why carry on with the hassle of dozens of printers? Institute tackles its printing problems (50 individual printers) with a centralised printing system This offers more oversight, simpler maintenance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Making money out of waste in Germany

Waste not, want not Experts pointed out ways for the company to convert its waste into a money earner Selling, rather than simply giving or throwing away, waste could earn € 36 500 per year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Material audit improved reuse of residue fibres

Weaving savings from non-wovens Expert audit reveals ways to improve processes and better use waste materials Annual material savings of around 3 % of net revenue Suominen Kuitukankaat Oy is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 3%
Good practice

Successful material audit in tofu-making factory

Keep an open mind! External experts can see what needs doing from the outside-in Material audit halves biowaste production, identifies packaging and waste-saving options, and drives revenue up   Oy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5%
Good practice

Hospital in France reduces food waste

Sensible food management gets results   Hospital limits food waste at its source Saves up to € 30 000 per year Carbon footprint lowered by 34 tonnes of CO2 a year Centre Hospitalier de Redon, France...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Reusable materials tackle waste in food production

Upstream solution to a downstream waste problem Raw materials supplied in large returnable containers Recuced waste by 4 tonnes per year Handling time and workload reduced  Marie is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

French metal factory sets up dedicated recycling chains

Sorting out a waste problem Company recovers 54 % of its waste through dedicated recycling chains Saves € 3 500 per year and contributes to the environment Préciforge is a metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.24 Year(s)