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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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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
Technology

Energy efficient hand dryers

High-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers have become an industry standard today, thanks in large part to better technologies and improved performance. Modern dryers boast 10-15-second dry times and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 90% 0.5 - 2.5 Year(s)
Measure

Reduce office waste and gain a competitive advantage

About 70 % of office waste is recyclable. As recycling is generally cheaper than other disposal routes, ensuring you effectively recycle can save your organisation money. To set up an effective and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-70 % 0.25 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

What to know before investing in a new printer

Paper is a major purchasing and disposal cost. It is estimated that the average office worker uses up to 45 sheets of paper per day, of which over half is considered waste. However, an efficient...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-50 %
Measure

Monitoring material streams in the office

Measuring and monitoring resource use is a key skill that all organisations should master, regardless of size or sector. It should be one of the first steps your organisation takes to improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 %
Measure

Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)