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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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Drying with solar energy

Sun smart power Industrial painting company turns to renewable energy Combined with smart technology, it cut energy consumption by 50 %  The German painting company Lackiercenter Schulte uses vast...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Monitoring with smartphones

Old meets new... Foundry explores new digital monitoring technology The new approach saves the company about 243 600 kWh of electricity per year The German foundry Kemptener Eisengießerei has taken...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
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Saving material and energy with laser sintering (3D-printing)

A sintering success Tool-maker investigates ways to cut its material waste and boost efficiency A type of 3D-printing technique proves effective  The German company Jomatik GmbH produces prototypes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Symbiosis of forging and 3D-printing

Forging ahead German engineering firm explores new technologies to save resources 3D printing and laser melting techniques are employed to great effect Rosswag GmbH is a German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Digital product key for a one-piece-flow system

Firm grip on production Leading German manufacturer reviewed its production in search of efficiency gains By introducing a one-piece-flow system significant material savings were possible The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High 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