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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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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Voluntary material efficiency commitment in the food industry

In the food industry, raw materials account for about 45 % of net sales. The cost of purchasing goods sold in the grocery trade is more than 70 % of turnover. Therefore, measures to improve material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Construction site waste management

Construction waste is basically material loss that creates additional cost, and minimising waste generation directly improves the cost-efficiency of the project. Successful construction site waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Designing out waste: material efficiency throughout the...

Designing out waste is a concept of minimising the life cycle waste of a building by considering design options for reducing waste in each stage: construction, refurbishment, and demolition or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Measure

Passive house

Passive House is a building that does not require much conventional building heating on account of its thermal insulation and airtightness with very energy-efficient windows and ventilation system....
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

Maximising recovery rate in woodworking industry

Raw material costs in woodworking industry are significant: they form approximately 70-80 % of the total production costs of sawn wood and more than 50 % of the production costs of more downstream...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Wastewater is a resource too

The average consumption for EU member countries is 128 litres per inhabitant per day and most of it turns into wastewater. The status of wastewater has improved tremendously over the past few years....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
Measure

Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Local transport and 'green' mobility in tourist centres

Providing free or low-cost access to green options for local mobility appeals to guests who are conscious of their carbon footprint. Options include encouraging use of local transport, bicycles and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Efficient water fittings in guest areas

Water consumption in public spaces is highly variable, and depends on the services offered and the number of visitors on any given day. Installation of efficient fittings, selected through 'green'...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 - 1 Year(s)