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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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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
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Buying heat from 'entrepreneurs'

All companies are facing the pressure of rising energy costs and a shortage of resources and time. If a company is situated outside a city centre (e.g. in industry zone), buying heat form a so-called...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
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
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Maintenance measures on refrigeration plants

Refrigeration is a process of mechanically cooling or reducing the temperature of a space, product or process. In some industries, such as chemical producers or the food and drink sector,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
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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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Sustainable mobility policies at organisations

Developing a sustainable mobility policy can significantly reduce a company's carbon footprint, boost its image and competitiveness, while offering safety and security benefits for employees. There...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0-30 % 0 - 5 Year(s)
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Water minimisation in food processes

Water is often an undervalued resource. Organisations and their employees have little or no idea how much water they use, or the amount of money that could be saved by using water more efficiently. ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Waste-water sludge treatment

Sludge treatment techniques generally reduce volume or change its nature before disposal or reuse. By reducing the volume or weight of sludge for disposal you can cut respective transport costs and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Integrating solar heat into food-production process

On-site and nearby renewable energy plants can be integrated into the daily production processes of food and beverage manufacturers. Renewable heat systems are applicable to new and existing food and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Implementing an energy management system

Using energy efficiently helps organisations save money as well as helping to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001, an energy management standard, includes methodology enabling ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Heat recovery

Heat recovery can help to reduce overall energy consumption on-site while reducing total running costs in the bargain. Recovered heat can help you reduce energy consumption or provide useful heat for...