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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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Quality and material efficiency go hand in hand

Efficiency at Finnish funerary specialist Carpentry company specialised in coffins and funerary urns maximised raw material use Significant material savings by optimisation sawing process Shorter...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
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Closed-circuit pump cuts water consumption

New tech makes water-saving splash Audit reveals where soft drink-maker was loosing pressure and wasting water Investment in € 10 000 closed-circuit pump slashes water consumption by 95 %   SNEMBG...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.5 - 1.6 Year(s)
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Insulating steam network cuts fuel consumption

Just like that... 10% oil savings! Energy audit shows soft drinks-maker where gains can be made Even things like insulating steam networks can make a big difference  SNEMBG manufactures and bottles...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.7 - 1.8 Year(s)
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More efficient plastic and cardboard waste sorting saves...

Tackling mixed waste a priority Improved waste-sorting channels cut back on mixed waste destined for incineration Better-sorted waste leads to lower waste costs, resale options, more staff...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.3 Year(s)
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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)
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Material savings by reusing prune waste

Money for jam... and pits  Well-established conserve-maker converts bio-waste into a revenue stream Selling its prune pits to a partner company cuts waste by 26 % and saves around € 3 600 a year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Optimising heat recovery in fish-drying process saves money

The heat is on... too high! Energy audit reveals energy wastage in key fish-drying process Focusing on improvements along two workstations recovers € 67 700 per year in lost heat Copalis is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 0.7 - 0.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Work safety with LED lights

Finnish manufacturer sees the light Campaign to replace lighting with energy efficient LEDs pays off Apart from cost savings, the measure improves work safety, comfort, and efficiency Rakennusbetoni...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Improved temperature control in batch reactors

Warm reaction to proposed new measures A review of temperature controls during different production phases can lead to savings Fine chemical producer explored optimal control settings to save on...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
Good practice

Automatic control of steam-heated distillation plants

All steamed up Food company investigates ways to optimise its steam production plant Discovers a feed-forward system can iron out steam production fluctuation  Steam is a major component in most food...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
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

Holiday cottage provider cuts annual energy with...

Biomass boilers mean cosy cottages year-round Green tourism business discovers the benefits of biomass boilers to heat its highland cottage rentals These boilers could generate savings of € 27 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.6 Year(s)