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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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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
Technology

Sustainable water repellent finishes

 Inspired by nature ... for nature Durable water repellent (DWR) is a finish added to fabrics to make them water-resistant. The pores on the water-repellent fabric remain open so it can 'breathe',...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Energy saving systems from iPower

Power to the people iPower is a Scottish-based social enterprise, striving to deliver low-carbon energy systems for all. They work with social housing but also other residential enterprises. iPower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30%
Technology

Online reuse platform, Globechain

Globechain is an online reuse platform in Europe, a so-called “free-cycle for corporates”. It allows companies and charities to claim unwanted items from the retail, commercial and construction...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30%
Technology

Energy efficient light bulb design

Efficient by design Tala LED® manufactures and retails energy efficient filaments and light-emitting diode spotlights. With the company’s mantra of ‘conservation through beauty’, the products combine...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.75 Year(s)
Technology

Shower push-button timer

Push-button timers fit for shower time   A push-button timer is a relatively simple technology for restricting the water flow of a shower to a designated length of time. Water stops running when the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.4 - 0.6 Year(s)
Technology

Cistern displacement or dual flush

Cistern displacement or dual flush? Your choice Cistern displacement and dual flush are increasingly popular water-saving techniques. Authorities in many water-stressed places, for instance, are...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30% 0.15 - 0.8 Year(s)
Technology

Low-flush toilet

Low-flush toilets let gravity do its job… Low-flush gravity toilets with optimised cistern and bowl designs use 4-6 litres of water per full flush. This system can help you save up to 6 litres of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1.08 - 6.5 Year(s)
Technology

Aerator/flow regulator for showerheads and taps

Try aerators to better regulate your shower and tap flow! Aerators (flow regulator) are simple vacuum valves with an air intake that can be easily installed between the tap and hose, or between the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 50% 0.08 - 0.25 Year(s)
Technology

Low-flow water fixtures

Go with the (low) flow water fixture! Low-flow water fixtures are a range of easily implementable technologies that help you save water and money by allowing the user to control how much water is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1.9 - 3.75 Year(s)
Technology

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosts a desktop operating system through a centralised server. This means no need for individual PCs, as employees access the system and their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-50%
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