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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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Smart maintenance measures at Finnish contract food-maker

All in good taste Outsourcing energy to local biofuel producer made sense Benefits to local economy, green image, better control over fuel costs Maustaja is a contract food-maker located in Pyhäntä,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Supermarket collaborates with charity to reduce food waste

From food problem to food solution Programme to convert food waste into a food solution brings Tesco and FoodShare, a charity, together More than 300 tonnes of food diverted to those in need since...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Brewery uses dry lubricated bottling conveyor

Dry answer to a wet problem Brewery adopts semi-dry conveyor lubrication system in its bottling plant Saving millions of litres of water and making the working environment safer for workers A craft...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Integrity Seal for frozen chips

Seal of approval Trademarked sealing technology proves its worth on potato product lines Improves output speed and quality, reduces costs and associated production and food waste McCain Foods Ltd. in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-30%
Good practice

Material audit improves production

Working together to deliver excellence Innovative Finnish building components maker sought advice to become a leaner and greener producer An audit revealed up to 68 proposed changes that could...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

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)