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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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Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Renewables and organic food lead Danish hotel...

Nature, gastronomy and hospitality in harmony Hotel offers 30-60 % organic food and beverages Focus on purchasing local resources and decreasing their portions to reduce food waste 15 % of total...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Material choices in eco-design

A better 'grada' of plywood for eco-design An ecological thermos-formable plywood material is made for ecological designs Benefits of the material include a faster manufacturing process and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Engine manufacturer combines modular product...

As good as new... or better A Finnish engine manufacturer has maximised material efficiency by combining modular product design to remanufacturing Remanufactured engines can be better than the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Remanufacturing is a growing line of business for Valtra

Guaranteed gearbox returns... Finnish tractor manufacturer has built a profitable and growing new line of business from remanufacturing tractor gearboxes A deposit at point of sale guarantees...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Surplus food from grocery stores to charities

Shared table... a shared cause  A network for collection and centralised logistics of surplus food from grocery chains helps different charities It means more reliable food waste collection through...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Bioethanol and animal feed from bread spill of grocery stores

Bread salvagers Bread surplus from a Finnish grocery trading cooperative is used to produce bioethanol and animal feed Leftovers are collected from over 50 stores and bakeries in and around Helsinki...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Food waste turned into bioenergy for food manufacturers

Closing loops Inedible food waste from Finnish grocery stores is collected and made into biogas Biogas is then used by the food manufacturer partners of the company Kesko is the second-biggest...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Supermarket reduces food waste by selection management

K's choice ​Targeted software and methods allow a Finnish grocery store to substantially reduce food waste in all departments Thousands of euros saved by reducing food waste over only a couple of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Longer opening hours reduced food waste at Lidl Finland

​Peak planning, peak performance... Extended opening hours reduce demand fluctuations, resulting in better forecasting New system monitors demand and improves forecast-based planning and food-waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost