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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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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)
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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 %
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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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Focus on durability in new asset building

Extending the lifetime of a product (asset) has a number of environmental advantages: less resource extraction, less energy embedded (the direct and indirect energy required to produce goods plus the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-10 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
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Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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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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Improving office management to reduce waste

Every office generates waste such as paper, cardboard, packaging, bottles, disposable plates, cups, cutleries, towels, food waster, etc. A 'wasteful' company typically has higher material and waste-...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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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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Assessment and improvement of production line...

Changes and improvements to production infrastructure can significantly reduce raw materials used, and related costs of storage, as well as boost manufacturing efficiency. According to McKinsey...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-50 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)