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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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Systematic monitoring of material efficiency and productivity

Good monitoring and management are vital to reigning in energy costs and carbon emissions. Measuring and tracking resource use (energy, water and raw materials) is a key skill that all organisations...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Optimised and pooled logistics, co-transportation with other...

Trends like online shopping, just-in-time production and delivery, and increasing warehouse costs are forcing logistics operators to deliver more frequently, which often means under-capacity loading...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 15-20 % 0.08 - 5 Year(s)
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Upgrade boilers to use self-produced energy

Companies can generate energy for their own use and improve their overall energy efficiency by modernising existing equipment. Simple measures like replacing old boilers with new ones can increase...
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Implementation of forced ventilation system with waste heat...

Many production processes generate heat that escapes out windows or other openings in the building. That is a waste, especially when it can be used to preheat incoming air, water or other media as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-25 % 2 - 20 Year(s)
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Implementation and modernization of measuring and control system...

Measuring and control systems (MCS) are used to automatically control both manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes, including monitoring, visualisation and evaluation. Installation of frequency...
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Improving accounting of materials and energy using TOP 20 method...

Traditional accounting systems are not routinely designed to provide companies with information about total costs related to the use of resources and generation of waste and emissions. When a company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7-25 % 0.5 - 6 Year(s)
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Implementing a waste-management system

The core goal of a waste-management system is to think of ways to improve a company's handling of non-product outputs (waste with zero or negative market value), and implement measures to minimise...
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Refurbishment with water-saving sanitary installations

Older, more conventional sanitary installations can often easily be replaced by water-saving equipment. This cuts back on both fresh water consumption and sewage levels. Toilets can be equipped with ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-40 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
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Refurbishment with energy efficient lighting

Any standard lighting system combines a lamp and a luminaire. Advances in technology have significantly improved the energy efficiency and performance of today’s lighting solutions. Modernising...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-70 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Using rainwater and grey-water to reduce fresh-water consumption...

Rainwater and grey-water can be used instead of fresh-water in a number of applications, including toilet flushing, cleaning and irrigation, which reduces fresh- and waste-water volumes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-15 % 10 - 30 Year(s)
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Introducing an environmental management system

A certified environmental management system (EMS) is a coherent strategy for reducing your environmental impact, complying with legislation and setting continuous improvement targets in a systematic...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 10 Year(s)
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Positive incentives for employees to reduce resource use

Positive incentives for employees are closely related to information, education and training activities. While information and training are often the first steps, this measure focuses on positive...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 1 Year(s)