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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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Improvement of thermal insulation of the building envelope

Good insulation of exterior walls, floors, ceilings/roofs, windows, and exterior doors can reduce your new building’s energy demand (both cooling and heating) by some 35 %. Thermal insulation can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-35 % 6 - 15 Year(s)
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Functional sales business model

As the name suggests, functional sales business models focus on adapting the function and benefits of a product or service to customer needs instead of emphasising the physical product per se. In...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-40 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Heat recovery from production processes

Even in workplaces which have already introduced energy saving measures, there is still one untapped source… waste heat. Industrial or thermal processes produce heat that is all-too-often released...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-45 % 1 - 4.5 Year(s)
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Integrate renewable energies in the company heat generation

Using renewable resources for heat generation is good for your organisation’s balance sheet and for the environment. Tapping into renewable sources to heat your buildings means a lifetime of lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-80 % 2 - 12 Year(s)
Measure

Ecodesign for durable goods

Durable products designed with sustainability considerations, or ecodesigned, offer many advantages both to the company and the environment. Ecodesign takes into account the full life-cycle of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 5-50 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
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Ecodesign for fast-moving consumer goods

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are typically used by households quickly after purchase or at least under one year. This includes packaged foods, cleaning supplies, light bulbs, but also cosmetics...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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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...
Measure

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)