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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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Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Recycled and repurposed rubber materials save money

Welcome ... to recycled rubber mats Welcome mats using recycled rubber, as good as new but 10-15 % cheaper to make Circular economy player before the notion existed The Belgian firm Verimpex has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-15%
Good practice

Saving materials and waste through battery remanufacturing

Lithium-ion batteries get a second life Battery-maker investigates the cost and benefits of different remanufacturing scenarios Conclusion: remanufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is technically and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Ecodesigned fume cupboards save materials and costs

Safer labs, better environment! Lab specialist uses LCA and ecodesign principles to improve its production efficiency Analysis showed where material savings could be made and parts removed to cut...
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Nordic Swan ecolabel underpins Estonian print company

Remember to read the 'green print'!  Printing company with a robust eco-philosophy reeps benefits in Nordic market Natural inks, oils and recycled paper are a key part of the green printing approach...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Holiday cottage provider cuts annual energy with...

Biomass boilers mean cosy cottages year-round Green tourism business discovers the benefits of biomass boilers to heat its highland cottage rentals These boilers could generate savings of € 27 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Sports club wins energy battle

Trimming down for the... winter Priority for a Scottish sports club was to upgrade its ageing heating and insulation With the budget available, experts advised against low-hanging fruit like new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.9 Year(s)
Good practice

French green clay manufacturer innovates to save energy

From green clay to green image... Innovative dry compaction of clay reduces energy needs Measure leads to 28 % energy saving per year Company profits by saving € 106 000 annually Argiles du Velais (...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

French camping and holiday village boosts its energy...

Energy-saving savvy  Optimising heat pump yields small but important results Saves € 1 000 in energy costs per year 11 000 kWh energy savings, equivalent to 0.9 tonnes CO2 emissions annually Camping...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy efficiency as competitive advantage

Rethinking energy intenstive operations pays off Laundry learns that being green can be cost-effective too Operating costs are kept down through waste-heat use and biodegradable detergents reduce the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Efficient pump system saves power at French printing house

Out with the old and in with the new Printer replaces pump system to cut electricity use Saves 85 000 kWh and € 9 300 per year Lowers utility bills while helping to keep the environment clean Envel’...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 55% 1 Year(s)
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Cradle-to-cradle, a commitment to environmental design...

Rock the cradle Specialist firm goes all the way in cradle-to-cradle thinking, design philosophy and manfacture for lab installations Develops range of lab furniture that meets C2C Product Standard...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon