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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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Biomass heat for accommodation services

Biomass heating systems can be used for space heating in buildings, hot water and production, or any combination of these. The most relevant source of biomass heat for the accommodation sector is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Measure

Energy audit model for industrial SMEs

This audit model is developed for industrial SMEs to lower the threshold for auditing. A two-step energy review is primarily intended for SMEs in which the process of energy use and efficiency of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 16 % 0 - 2 Year(s)
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Use of recycled concrete

Recycled concrete (RC concrete) comes from construction waste which results from the reconstruction, demolition or dismantling of buildings, roads and other infrastructure using concrete. A first...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Machine tool management system

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20 %
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Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing includes many technologies, like 3D-printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication. They all have one main thing in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion...

Pre-consumer textile waste in the cloth manufacturing sector is currently estimated at around 20 %. However, research suggests this figure could be much higher if all cutting scraps, production...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Improving fabric use in clothing production

Fabric utilisation depends directly on marker efficiency. Markers are usually paper consumables showing the outlines of the pattern for making cutting and making clothes. CAD design tools are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Utilising food waste from grocery retail

Food waste should primarily be reduced to a minimum. However, some food waste will inevitably be generated. Stores can then look for ways to put unsold groceries to use. Food residues from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
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Reducing food waste improves profitability of grocery retail

When groceries end up as waste, the entire economic input used to produce and transport them is lost. In Finland, the value of food waste in the retail grocery sector has been estimated to be 1.5 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
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How to find which part of HVAC should be retrofitted

Diagnosis of a building can help designers and architects to decide which aspects should be retrofitted in order to improve the energy efficiency of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Zero-cost actions for retailer HVAC control

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to make a building more comfortable for its occupants. In the case of retail businesses that means customers and staff. Several ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)