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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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Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Cutting volatile organic compound emissions, Finland

Dealing with a volatile situation Efforts to reduce volatile organic compound emmission result in a healthier work environment By 2017, Isku factory's total VOC emissions were less than 5 tonnes per...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Good practice

Only PEFC certified wood in play and fitness products, Finland...

Sustainable fitness check Finnish play and fitness set producer makes the case for sustainable wood Wood is CO2 neutral since it absorbs the same amount while growing as emisions generated end of...
Good practice

Supply chain collaboration in food and drink sector

A good 'rap' for waste reduction Food producer extracts further waste and costs-savings thanks to lean supply chain discipline 1 680 tonnes of waste reduction targeted through 17 projects and 110...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Film packaging, reducing fresh produce waste

Packaging tech tackles fresh food waste Successful trial of gas permeable packaging solution leads to full roll-out Solution has potential to cut product waste by up to 50 % throughout the supply...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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

Modifying malt processes

Probably the best waste-prevention in... Major brewery takes steps to prevent and redirect waste more effectively As a result it diverts 263 tonnes of waste and saves ~€ 231 927 per annum Waste in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Good practice

Reducing corrugated cardboard weight

How to lose weight... in packaging at least The boom in online shopping and delivery has revealed an issue with packaging weight, strength and general suitability Packaging specialists see an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Reducing food and packaging waste in egg supply chain

Sturdy recycled PET packaging proves reliable  Supermarket launches trial of rPET packaging to cut food waste from damaged eggs The new cartons reduce egg waste, are 30 % lighter, have a 44 % lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Biodegradable, handmade mattresses

Natural materials 'embedded' throughout! Bedding company improves its all-natural offer through involvement in pilot project Its recycling and 'take-back' scheme delivers 81 tonnes of material for...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Electrical reuse service

A wee scheme with big impacts Smart scheme diverts waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use In this example, 5 tonnes of WEEE were diverted, saving € 15 500 and 109 tonnes of CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost