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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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Responsible use of wood guaranteed by PEFC certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international forest certification system promoting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable forestry. Around 10 % of...
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Energy awareness campaign: small actions but big energy savings

Training and communication are important tools when you want to make sure that the measures to increase the efficiency of energy use are implemented successfully. Train and guide personnel in energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Reduction of volatile organic compounds in production processes

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature. This high pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
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Optimising applied process control systems

Automation technology is driving energy efficiency trends in the process industry. A feature of this is continuous process control, which holds the operating points as close to the optimum as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Optimising distillation plants

Distillation is a process where a mixture of different chemicals is separated using different chemical boiling temperatures. Purification of products is the main application of distillation processes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 %
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Retrofitted water-saving toilet cistern

Flushing toilets use vast quantities of water in the workplace. Toilets installed before 1991 typically use 9 litres per flush, while those installed after that date typically use 6-8 litres. Cistern...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.16 - 0.25 Year(s)
Measure

Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Maintenance of cooling and freezing equipment

Freezer rooms, cold rooms, and controlled ambient stores represent a considerable financial investment and should, with proper maintenance, last for 20 or 30 years. Damage and degradation to freezing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Renewable energy in food and drink manufacturing

If on-site conditions are favourable, it is efficient to integrate renewable energy into production processes. It has strong potential in several subsectors of the food and beverage industry, ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Intelligent packaging in food and drink industry

Intelligent packaging is based on the idea that packaging is more than a container, it can also be a highly effective communication medium, carrying information on material flows and logistics (via...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Optimising steam-generation systems

Steam is in heavy demand in industries requiring heating processes, and it is typically an energy-intensive process to generate it. The ratio of steam energy costs to total energy costs ranges ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Quality and environmental certification: Nordic Swan Ecolabel

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is a voluntary certification scheme that evaluates a product's impact on the environment throughout its whole life cycle. The label guarantees, among other things, that...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors