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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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Bioethanol and animal feed from bread spill of grocery stores

Bread salvagers Bread surplus from a Finnish grocery trading cooperative is used to produce bioethanol and animal feed Leftovers are collected from over 50 stores and bakeries in and around Helsinki...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Food waste turned into bioenergy for food manufacturers

Closing loops Inedible food waste from Finnish grocery stores is collected and made into biogas Biogas is then used by the food manufacturer partners of the company Kesko is the second-biggest...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion...

Pre-consumer textile waste in the cloth manufacturing sector is currently estimated at around 20 %. However, research suggests this figure could be much higher if all cutting scraps, production...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 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
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Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Supermarket reduces food waste by selection management

K's choice ​Targeted software and methods allow a Finnish grocery store to substantially reduce food waste in all departments Thousands of euros saved by reducing food waste over only a couple of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Longer opening hours reduced food waste at Lidl Finland

​Peak planning, peak performance... Extended opening hours reduce demand fluctuations, resulting in better forecasting New system monitors demand and improves forecast-based planning and food-waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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