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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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Waterless urinals

The best solution to reduce water consumption for urinal flushing is to install waterless urinals. They operate using chemical-impregnated plastic pads, or a spring-loaded trap and a floating layer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
Technology

Enzymes for finishing cotton fabrics

Resource-friendly fabric finish Biopolishing is a textile finishing process using cellulase enzymes to modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Pilling (lint balls on the fabric) is reduced, colour...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-25% 0 Year(s)
Technology

Flexible thermal insulation for solid walls

Warm, comfortable ... and budget-friendly Effective thermal insulation can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions. It can also improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Technology

Aerofoil technology for refrigeration equipment

Aerofoil technology can be fitted to the front of refrigerated display cases to minimise chilled air and energy losses. Aerofoil solutions can cut energy consumption by up to 30 %.  Multi-deck...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Technology

Reducing microfibres in textile sector wastewater

Watershed moment for microfibres Microfibres shed by synthetic textiles during washing are currently in the spotlight, especially their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Researchers are investigating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Water-saving WC pans and flushing devices for medium-...

A company with 100 employees can save about 300 m3 of fresh water per year by using water-saving WC pans (6 litre volume) and a two-volume flush cistern instead of WC pans with a flushing-water...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Innovative packaging for frozen products

Packaging is usually developed simply to protect products during transportation, storage and display. However, in some circumstances, more complex packaging can be useful. A company looked at markets...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Cold pad batch dyeing for cotton

The cold truth Reactive dyes are the family of dyes generally used to dye cotton, viscose, and other cellulosic fibres. However, reactive dyeing requires vast amounts of salt, water and energy. The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Technology

Solution dye for polyester

Experts estimate that up to 11 % of the 'cradle-to-factory gate' carbon footprint of a 100 % polyester ladies top, for example, is due to the yarn dyeing stage. Coloured polyester fibres may be more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Technology

Lobster Pod for shellfish transportation

The Lobster Pod is an innovative, patent pending live shellfish storage and transportation system. It has been scientifically proven to increase survival to over 99 % from an industry average of 85...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20-80%
Technology

Design efficiency – zero-waste patterns

Research by WRAP estimates that around 200 000 tonnes of waste are produced during garment manufacturing each year in the UK. The research provides detail on the combined losses for cotton and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Waste