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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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Powerful environmental improvements via low-pressure...

Proof is in the savings ... Innovative solution can help transform an energy and high-impact water-proofing process into a cleaner, more cost-effective one The process uses 80 % less chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 6 Year(s)
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World’s first scaled-up water-free and chemical...

This solution is just to 'dye' for ... New scaled-up dyeing solution is faster and uses less materials and energy, which saves costs Innovative clean technology successfully combines profitability...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75-95% 3 - 5 Year(s)
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Efficient environmental management system cuts water...

Big effort leads to bigger results ... and awards Engineering company puts its new EMS to the test and delivers big water and waste reductions Annual water savings of 12 000 m3 and reduced material ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 23 Year(s)
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Fine-tuned energy management in French cannery

Better data... in the can Carbon Footprint analysis points to the need for better, comparable data feeding optimised metering and operations Measures lead to 36 % savings on steam production and...
Good practice

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

Ice pigging in dairies

What's in a name? Dairies explored benefits of employing ice pigging in their production cycles Results showed substantial cost and environmental savings Yeo Valley Farms and BV Dairy in the UK...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimised steam boiler to raise energy efficiency, Austria

 Steaming ahead... Dairy producer tackles its inefficient steam and sterilising system on multiple fronts Measures result in energy savings of 1 372 000 kWh and € 62 500 in cost savings a year An...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving money by drying sludge

A pressing problem solved A sludge-processing solution saves on pay-per-weight disposal costs Pressing and drying out extra water in the sldge saves € 1 200 per year The German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 4.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Cascade system for powder coating pretreatment

Getting the full (pre)treatment Material efficiency report reveals where water and chemical savings can be made Measures introduced lead to a 90 % reduction in annual water use and 72 % chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.7 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings based on pinch analysis at a pharmaceutical...

A princh of this and a good measure of that... Pinch analysis reveals where energy inefficiencies were costing the company One measure introduced cut steam use by 30 kW Up to 20 % energy savings were...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental management system at Portuguese glass-maker

Glass-maker seeks transparency ... in environmental performance A focus on EMAS boosted environmental transparency and delivered savings  Reduced water consumption by 48 % and energy consumption by...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 17-48%
Good practice

Reduced water consumption in beverage production

Purge ends in 5 minutes! German company shows how to reduce water use through optimised cleaning-in-place technique  Shorter purge cycle reduces water consumption by 12 %, saving about € 10 600 per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 1 - 1.2 Year(s)