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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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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)
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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
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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
Measure

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
Measure

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
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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)