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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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Commercial freight collaboration revives rail transport...

Back on track Freight companies band together to rejenuvenate regional rail network as viable alternative to struggling road transport  Action leads to vastly reduced CO2 and a 66 % average saving on...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-70% 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Intermediaries to optimise transport logistics

Orchestrated transport, an efficient symphony Well-orchestrated logistics partnerships cuts costs and CO2 emissions Cost savings of 10-20 % and CO2 emissions of 20-50 %, depending on the business...
Sector / Industry:
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20% 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
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)
Good practice

Better-performing refrigeration plant for German pharma

Make the most of what you have Better data can be used to boost system performance of current equipment The resulting optimisation can cut energy consumption by around 25 %  Refrigeration and air-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25%
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Replacing old coal boiler with more efficient gas unit

Out with the old and in with the new...  Measures costing € 360 000 lower energy consumption and save some € 50 000 annually  Infrared heaters in production area reduce related energy consumption by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-12% 5.4 Year(s)
Good practice

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

Forced ventilation with heat recovery in office building

Public building in Prague gets bespoke ventilation and heat recovery Well-ventilated indoor environment considered worth the premium for an office refit Energy consumption reduced by ~600 GJ per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 30.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Installation of frequency inverters for electric motors

Ageing induction motor got an overdue upgrade Upgrading VSH’s 45-year-old electric induction motors yielded results Reduced energy consumption of ~388 GJ, saving € 34 567 yearly Investment in motor...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8-15% 2.9 Year(s)
Good practice

New cooling-circuit pump with frequency inverter

Why not be more ambitious?  New pump with frequency inverter delivered energy cost savings of nealry € 20 000 annually Return on investment was 2.1 years The company Paramo, Czech Republic, which...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.08 Year(s)
Good practice

Top 20 analysis saves energy and materials at Austrian...

The right balance makes a difference Top 20 analysis highlights where immediate energy and materials savings can be made  Optimising the software on a heat pump saves about 20 000 kWh of electricity...
Good practice

Distillery in Austria learns how to save energy using...

Positive experience inspires continued effort Top 20 analysis highlights measures where energy performance was lacking Improvements like reducing compressed air demand (by 20 %) saved on electricity...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20% 0.8 - 1 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...