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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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Surplus food redistribution

Food redistribution is where surplus items, which would otherwise end up as waste, are made available for other uses and consumption. Companies, charities and individuals can all benefit from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Citrus residues for renewable energy production

Fruit-processing industries are concentrated mainly in southern Europe, and most of them are family businesses or SMEs. They generate vast amounts of fruit residues. Citrus processing, in particular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
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Low-cost energy saving measures for efficient refrigeration

Energy saving does not need to be expensive. Up to 20 % can be cut in many refrigeration plants through actions that require little or no investment. The actions should be focused on good ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Mobility plan for company personnel

Implementing long-lasting changes, including behavioural change, requires good planning and commitment by employees and management. Mobility planning is a classic example of how this works. Typically...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 - 5 Year(s)
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Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Eco-efficient textile dyeing

Dyeing can take place at multiple stages within the supply chain, from dyeing fibres and yarns through to fabrics and garments. The environmental impact of dyeing is related to the type of dye, type...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Programmable heating systems to reduce energy use

Effective, controllable heating systems can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions. Heating in the workplace is most effective – and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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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 %
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Energy efficient lighting in industrial SMEs

Lighting is a major energy cost in industrial SMEs, especially for properties using old or poorly configured lighting technology.  By improving lighting systems a plant can save significant energy....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Maintenance of pumps

Maintaining your pumps is not just important for increasing their lifetime and effectiveness, which reduces costs, but also to avoid unexpected breakdowns that can slow or stop production. In most...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
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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...