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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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First low-cost energy positive house in Wales

Setting the example SOLCER house is the first low-cost energy positive house in Wales The building is a demo of existing technologies - reduced energy demand, renewable energy production, and energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Low-impact and affordable housing in UK

Is this the future of sustainable community living? Affordable and ecological co-housing project in the UK pilots a new kind of community ownership scheme Housing is built with ecological materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Award-winning office building among the most sustainable in...

Pioneering building raises the standard Office complex recognised as most sustainable new office building In addition to outstanding energy efficiency, the complex is functional and has a great...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Artificial intelligence improves the energy efficiency of...

More than 40 % of the energy consumption in Finland is consumed in buildings. Accordingly, buildings have an important role in tackling climate change. A common problem is that owners do not know the...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Rainwater harvesting in office building

Making the most of a vital resource Opportunity to install a rainwater harvesting system as part of a major office rennovation Rainwater harvesting reduces the need for clean drinking water thus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Low-impact eco-architecture in Luxembourg

When low impact is a very good thing Biodiversium visitor centre in Luxembourg houses permanent exhibitions on environmental topics The wooden building was designed as a part of the redevelopment of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable catering saves money

The big sustainable swap Sustainable solutions introduced by major catering services company The move away from single-use cups leads to big savings and environmental gains Sodexo provides catering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Water savings in a meat processing plant

Pressure goes down, savings go up Meat processor identifies excess water consumption during cleaning Calculations reveal where savings could be made but the end result maintained An audit of water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 100% 0 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting waste heat from restaurant's kitchen into enegry...

Solving two problems at once Family-run restaurant made saving about € 6 000 annually from heat waste generated by ovens, fridges, etc. Kitchen staff benfit from more pleasant working conditions The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run meat company targets resource efficiency

Cold truths about hot water  Meat production company targets high refrigeration and hot water costs A new heat exchanger channels waste heat from freezers towards the factory's hot water needs ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40% 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Biomass for sugar production

Sweet taste of success Sugar factory optimises its whole energy management systems Measures identified and implemented result in € 272 000 in annual savings Illintsi Sugar Factory produces 10 800...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.7 Year(s)