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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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Sawmill in France recycles lumber strapping bands and...

A strapping 'green' solution to a vital process Sawmill shows how recycling can be good for the balance sheet and the environment Small investment in recycling leads to savings of € 1 250 per year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 9% 0.5 Year(s)
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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
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Waste-water sludge treatment

Sludge treatment techniques generally reduce volume or change its nature before disposal or reuse. By reducing the volume or weight of sludge for disposal you can cut respective transport costs and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High 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

Tackling waste in a French hospital

Much better diagnosis... Combating food wastage saves 1.2 tonnes of waste Small recycling investment avoids 1.6 tonnes of packaging In 2011, the Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve Hospital in Brittany was...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Waste generation self-assessment review for food and drink...

Self-assessment can help you review the company's waste-management practices. Through no- or low-cost measures, you can identify where waste is arising at each stage of a process and take steps to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Food-processing company achieves dramatic energy savings

Comprehensive environmental gains Natural gas consumption reduced by 491 802 m3 per year Reduced electricity consumption by 1 030.4 MWh per year CO2 emissions down by 2 411.28 tonnes annually...