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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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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
Good practice

Smart hand dryers

Handy technology New hand dryers mean energy and cost savings while providing useful information A library expects to save € 22 640 on washroom facilities The British Library had an annual spend on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Better use of steam leads to cost savings

Taming the steam Food-maker gets control of its steam production with simple measures Optimising boiler times and rationalising steam use in scalding and sterilisation saves 7 % and 3 % respectively...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Increase energy efficiency of water and steam generators

Under pressure! Pharmaceutical plant focuses on making its steam and hot-water production more energy- and cost-efficient Controlled measures like optimising operational times on equipment and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving lubricants with a float valve

Simple solutions can work a treat Metal-working company's manual spillage problem  Floating valves in the tanks prevent overflow and save some 3 % on lubricant use a year  The German company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Replacing old transformers

Out with the old ... Old and outdate transformers can themselves be a burden on budgets Replacing them with modern units can boost efficiency Large factories and businesses running heavy machinery...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Smarter soldering techniques

Soldering made easy Soldering can lead to waste materials and requires chemical cleaners Innovative materials and approaches offer cleaner, greener alternatives The German company EUROMAT GmbH...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Metal specialist optimises pre-treatment to cut costs and...

Turning a need into a genuine opportunity Metal specialist rethinks its whole paint pre-treatment line   Massive time and cost savings, cleaner processes and a more streamlined process are the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Thinner sheet steel saves resources, keeps quality

No trade-off required! Sometimes using lighter, thinner materials means less strength or other trade-offs German producer proves otherwise, saving up to 80 tonnes of raw steel a year The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Metal processor uses dry machining and reduces hazardous...

Too many advantages to ignore Ballscrew-maker introduces a cleaner, faster, smarter dry machining process and the results speak for themselves Less hazardous waste, cleaner finish, mitigated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)