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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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Portuguese hotel turns to renewable energy

Full marks for energy Hotel's clear focus on resource efficiency and the environment paves way for great results 100 % of its power is generated by renewable energy sources Owners of the Hotel Rural...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
Good practice

Solar heat in breweries

Spotting the solar trend German brewery seemlessly integrates solar into its energy mix 155 m2 solar thermal system produces 400 MWh a year To help offset growing energy costs and improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20 - 25 Year(s)
Good practice

Pioneering French company invests in new green energy

The fruity aroma of success French fruit wholesaler and marketer turns its 1 800 tonne-a-year headache into an efficient biogas energy and heat plant Energy independence, co-generation potential,...
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Biomass boiler cuts CO2 emissions at French cheese factory...

A biomass bonus Cleaner biomass boiler and energy recovery equipment cuts annual CO2 emissions by 7 000 tonnes and energy bills by 40 % Installation creates a full-time job and supports local economy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

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

Scottish farm develops diverse energy mix

The sun... perfect for energy and ice-cream sales Sustainable farm in the UK combines, wind, sun and biomass power plants Combined, these renewable sources meet 70 % of the farm's energy needs Mackie...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Buying heat from a heat entrepreneur

Hassle-free heat Specialist dairy producer wants to focus on its core business It outsources heat production to a nearby 'entrepreneur' The Nordic countries have been breeding cattle for specific...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Energy and water-saving in Bulgarian bakery

Well-baked plan to save resources A series of power- and water-saving measures cut annual costs Installing solar panels offsets investment costs Annual savings: € 17 000 on grid electricity, € 3 600...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 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

Energy self-sufficient hotel and farm

This little piggy went to market ... and more  Hotel farmstay introduces circular economy thinking Crops, livestock, energy production, waste recycling ... everything is factored into this closed-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

French primary school opts for geothermal heating

Reversable system for all seasons Installed annual capacity of 130 kW produces 70 MWh of renewable energy Total energy cost savings of around 10 % Reduced annual CO2 emission of 24 tonnes Chemaudin...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 - 5 Year(s)