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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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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...
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Cluster cleaning

Cluster cleaning is a cleaning method which balances food safety with economy. Equipment is cleaned when it is needed, not according to a predefined timetable. The staff involved in cluster cleaning...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15 %
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High-pressure cleaning in food and drink industry

Pressure cleaning is used for cleaning floors, walls, vessels, containers, open equipment and conveyors, and as a rinsing stage following cleaning and the application of chemicals. In high-pressure...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Green cleaning in place (CIP)

Green cleaning in place, or Green CIP for short, is a technology enabling the re-use of caustic soda during parts cleaning in food and drink production. The principle is that pipes and tanks are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Waste generation self-assessment review for food and drink...

Self-assessment can help you review the company's waste-management practices. Through no- or low-cost measures, you can identify where waste is arising at each stage of a process and take steps to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
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Monitoring water consumption

Companies use water in essential and non-essential processes. It is a valuable natural resource that needs to be used wisely and economically. Monitoring water consumption is critical to identifying...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost