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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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Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Measure

Material efficiency audit tool for companies

A material audit is a practical tool for companies to improve the efficiency of their operations and to manage their material flows. With material audits, it is possible to identify those stages of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Monitoring water consumption in office buildings

Why monitor your water consumption? Saving water and associated costs begins with an accurate assessment of current consumption. Knowing how much water you use, as well as when and why you are using...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-40 % 0 - 1 Year(s)
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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 %
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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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Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
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Procuring sustainable office supplies and consumables

Consumables such as paper, staples or beverages are cheap if you consider how often they are used and how easily they are replaced. The decision to use more sustainable suppliers is made easier today...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-15 % 0 - 1 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)
Measure

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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Systematic monitoring of material efficiency and productivity

Good monitoring and management are vital to reigning in energy costs and carbon emissions. Measuring and tracking resource use (energy, water and raw materials) is a key skill that all organisations...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Improving accounting of materials and energy using TOP 20 method...

Traditional accounting systems are not routinely designed to provide companies with information about total costs related to the use of resources and generation of waste and emissions. When a company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7-25 % 0.5 - 6 Year(s)