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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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Energy saving to become a modern conference centre

Transformation of another kind... 80 % of the hot water demand is produced by a 40m2 solar collector system Natural wall-cooling system using water from nearby well Annual energy savings are around...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 7 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy refurbishment of a rural style hotel

Guesthouse gets an energy makeover Traditional guesthouse refurbished to the state of the art in terms of energy efficiency The whole refurbishment process was performed with natural renewable...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Resort cuts energy use by a third

Green energy award-winner Resort implemented energy efficiency measures such as solar thermal systems, A/C units with inverters and new boilers Achieved annual cost savings are up to € 33 000 The ‘...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Water retrofitting programme in a hotel

Savings all round... water, money and environment Retrofitting for lower water use brings significant savings Good environmental, economic and social impacts Challenges how to incorporate new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1.25 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy and water excellence in BREEAM certified hotel

Big investment in green solutions pays off First Czech hotel to use 100 % renewable sources for the HVAC system, cooking, washing, etc. Hotel records first water recycling system in the Czech...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Renewables and organic food lead Danish hotel...

Nature, gastronomy and hospitality in harmony Hotel offers 30-60 % organic food and beverages Focus on purchasing local resources and decreasing their portions to reduce food waste 15 % of total...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Web application helps to minimise food waste in restaurants

Finnish businesses have developed several digital and smart technology-based applications and solutions to reduce food waste in restaurants. An example of such web-based applications is the Waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.25 - 0.8 Year(s)
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