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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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Turn wood residues into a valuable raw material through...

Industrial symbiosis is an industrial ecosystem where the unused or residual resources of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits. It is a...
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Integration of biomass energy in the company heat generation

Biomass as a source of renewable energy is used for a variety of applications including combined heat and power (CHP) or biofuels production. Many companies have already switched from fossil fuels to...
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Applying sustainability requirements to packaging suppliers

Sustainable packaging may include packaging made from recycled (e.g. paper, plastic) or bio-based materials, reusable packaging, take-back schemes, etc. In order to save resources in line with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 15-30 % 1.2 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Using secondary materials in your business

What one company or sector considers a residue, byproduct or waste, another company or industrial sector only sees potential raw materials. More and more industries are trying to transform their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
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Renting and leasing

Renting and leasing means that you can use a product without owning it. This can be favourable, for example if you only need a certain tool once, or if it is a complex tool that needs a lot of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
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Waste has a value through industrial symbiosis

Industrial symbiosis is an association between two or more industrial facilities or companies in which the waste or by-products of one become the raw materials for another. This is usually done for...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-40 % 0.25 - 3 Year(s)
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Integrating remanufacturing into production systems

Remanufacturing is the rebuilding, repairing or restoring of an end-of-life product or part to return it to like-new condition. Remanufactured products or parts should be backed by the same or...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-85 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Functional sales business model

As the name suggests, functional sales business models focus on adapting the function and benefits of a product or service to customer needs instead of emphasising the physical product per se. In...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Ecodesign for durable goods

Durable products designed with sustainability considerations, or ecodesigned, offer many advantages both to the company and the environment. Ecodesign takes into account the full life-cycle of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-50 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
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Implementing a waste-management system

The core goal of a waste-management system is to think of ways to improve a company's handling of non-product outputs (waste with zero or negative market value), and implement measures to minimise...
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Collaborative and circular business model

Changing the company business model can involve new services, products and approaches to sourcing resources and dealing with customers. The motivation could be to capitialise on a new value...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)