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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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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...
Good practice

Waste-compacting is 10 times more effective

Smart waste handling for smart companies Smart waste packing Reduction of plastic bag usage and CO2 emissions Reduction of waste volume Elior Group is a catering company active in the contracted food...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-30% 1.4 - 1.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy and resource efficiency at Turnberry

Energy turnaround for Turnberry Resort Famous luxury golf resort commits to far-reaching energy saving measures Target by 2020: cut energy by 30 %, water use by 20 %, and significant waste reductions...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 18-20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Composting by Canadian restaurant radically cuts landfill

Looking to garbage for inspiration... Composting and recycling cuts landfill by 99 % and associated costs  8 cedar composting bins divert around 190 kg of organic waste weekly Cajun Attic, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 99-100% 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Zero waste at Denby Ceramics in the UK

Synergy seals the zero-waste deal Partnership deal diverts 3 936 tonnes of waste from landfill Cost savings totalled around € 11 400 and additional sales of some € 125 000  Denby Ceramics has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50-80% 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Water-saving headlines at UK holiday resort

Ribby's 'green agenda'  Holiday resort sets ambitious sustainability programme and delivers on it Water-saving and leak detection, zero waste-to-landfill programmes, buying local, and more  Water...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Managed print services helped to reduce paper...

Totally new print regime  MPS transformed the design agency's printing activities Rationalised printing and fewer devices resulted in a 50 % waste reduction Imagination is an independent creative,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-60%
Good practice

Collective waste management at industrial park in France

The 'waste' club Award-winning waste-management collective € 36 000 saved on general rubbish disposal € 16 432 saved on paper and cardboard  After moving her company to the Château Industrial Park in...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 36% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Using recycled paper to cut waste at printing company

Zero tolerance policy to tackle paper waste Printing company implemented a zero-waste strategy 70 % of the paper now used is from recycled stock Seacourt Print Ltd, a printing company with strong...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Improving office paper consumption in Swedish bank

Going digital for the environment Digitisation efforts aimed to reduce paper consumption 85 % less physical letters (paper) sent to customers Graphic paper consumption dropped by 76.4 % Skandinaviska...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost