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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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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)
Good practice

New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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Metal specialist optimises pre-treatment to cut costs and...

Turning a need into a genuine opportunity Metal specialist rethinks its whole paint pre-treatment line   Massive time and cost savings, cleaner processes and a more streamlined process are the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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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

Finnish sawmill does everything it can to minimise waste

Treating raw materials with respect Family sawmill takes every measure possible to conserve, reuse and recycle materials  Responsibility for the environment is important to the company  Siparila Oy...
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

Cost-effective recycling radically cuts IBC waste and...

Paper factory writes new chapter in recycling  Waste recycling saves € 30 000 and cuts actual waste by 37 tonnes per year Measures reduce emissions by 32 tonnes CO2 annually Ahlstrom is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Winery shows how to save water in irrigation and cleaning

Clean and lean water use Installation of drip-feed irrigation system reduces water consumption by 5 100 m3 and saves ~€ 7 000 per year Reorganising tank cleaning saves € 800 and cuts yearly water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Grey-water recycling in Spanish hotels

Water recycling by design Grey-water recycling system built into hotel design from the ground up Reduces annual fresh water consumption by around 20 % The 100-room NH Campo de Gibraltar hotel in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 8.3 - 10 Year(s)
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Estonian water utility's eco-management efforts

Long-term collective effort gets the results A raft of environmental measures form part of Tallinn water utility's EMAS strategy Today, it uses 88 % of biogas produced on-site thanks to waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-20%