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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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Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
Good practice

Jam manufacturer saves 100 tonnes of fuel oil per year

When letting off steam is a problem Jam factory discovers how to fix its steam production, save fuel and boost its performance Actions taken to optimise and upgrade its steam system save around € 35...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimising compressed air system

Smart tools solve two problems, save energy Installing sensors and smart valves in the compressed air system saves power and money The combined solutions save € 15 300 per year in energy costs The...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
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New motors save money

Motoring along more efficiently than ever One-off investment of € 2 000 in more efficient and controllable motors yields results Annual cost savings on energy come to around € 800, equivalent to a 1....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2.5 Year(s)
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Fixing leaks in the compressed air system cuts costs

Air of confidence in efficiency monitoring Company decides to implement routine checks of compressed air system Savings in both energy and emissions prove the value of energy performance monitoring ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 Year(s)
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Caterpillar paves the way in heavy machinery remanufacturing

Long history of sustainability on display Clever scheme to promote end-of-life product remanufacturing Almost no waste sent to landfill, and huge reductions in energy and water use Caterpillar is an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30% 4 - 6 Year(s)
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Leasing extends end-of-life product cycles at Xerox

Xerox sees the 'green' light Copy machine-maker develops strong remanufacturing business model Its reverse supply chain activities save around € 107 million annually and divert 35 million kg of waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-35% 1 - 3 Year(s)
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Better heating system for storing liquids

Long overdue upgrade yields huge savings Upgrading the 30-year-old liquid storage heating system saves nearly € 70 000 in energy costs annually The significant € 335 000 investment could be...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.7 Year(s)
Good practice

Top 20 analysis helps cut energy use in Austrian animal...

Look closely and all kinds of savings can be found Top 20 analysis reveals energy-saving opportunities Adjusting compressed air pressure, for example, saves about 19 000 kWh in electricity a year...