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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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Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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New yarns from discarded fishing nets

Collaborative solution to ghost fishing ... Collaborative programme for gathering and recycling old nylon fishing nets makes a business case for saving vulnerable marine environments  80 387...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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Smart ordering in seafood restaurant

Waving goodbye to food waste Seafood restaurant with strong waste-reduction credentials continues to learn and improve Customer perception of dishes running out can be managed; demonstrates items are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Pub restaurant seeks savings with Sunday lunch service

Carving out benefits tackling food waste Busy pub-restaurant discovers vast waste-reduction opportunities through better customer relations and serving practices ‘First-come, first-served' and 'when...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Reducing food waste takes all-in effort

Restaurant is 'boxing clever' on reducing food waste Tandoori restaurant involves staff in campaign to reduce waste Portion sizes identified as major contributor, calling for a total rethink The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Low- and no-cost measures to reduce food thrown away

Even top performers can learn how to further reduce food waste Café fine-tunes its well-established practices that respect every part of the food system It offers tips and interacts with everyone in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Hotel shares the benefits of reducing food waste

Plant-to-plate thinking Food-waste warrior volunteers to be a YBIF ambassador after positive experience with programme, and leads by example Communicating with guests about the food on their plate...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Seaside hotel drives breakfast buffet savings

Try the popular 'savoury crumble'! Inventive hotel comes up with measures to optimise breakfast shifts and reduce food waste Clever use of leftovers in new dishes and surplus food offered to staff at...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Balancing food waste and customer experience

A portion of caution Hotel restaurant trials smaller portions to reduce massive amounts of observed 'plate waste' The trial followed WRAP recommendations Great care is needed to balance customer...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Energy awareness and positive involvement at Finnish dairy

Multiple actions, one goal... save energy! Arla Oy organises yearly energy awareness-raising actions involving the entire organisation The campaigns communicate energy saving potential in everyday...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Material savings by reusing prune waste

Money for jam... and pits  Well-established conserve-maker converts bio-waste into a revenue stream Selling its prune pits to a partner company cuts waste by 26 % and saves around € 3 600 a year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)