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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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Savings with thermo-modernisation of nursery

Better comfort and safety for the little ones Local government modernised thermal properties of a nursery Actions included new insulation and heating, and solar panels to increase renewable energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

'Passive house' hospital in Frankfurt

Healthy approach to energy... World's first passive energy hospital Significant savings in operating costs are expected Klinikum Frankfurt Hoechst is building the world’s first hospital to meet the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Measure

Passive house

Passive House is a building that does not require much conventional building heating on account of its thermal insulation and airtightness with very energy-efficient windows and ventilation system....
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Good practice

Savings above expectations with X-ray scanning

An impeccable outcome! A small Finnish sawmill invests in X-ray scanning technology to improve log sorting and ensure end-product quality The system has worked impeccably and raw material savings...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Meat and food company saves through continuous improvement

Thinking holistic... Production development programme is key to continuous improvement in meat/food company It factors in production, materials and sustainability in a holistic approach Finnish meat...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Timber drying: top loading

Top loading is an effective method to reduce the twisting of timber during drying. Top loading can be applied using weighted blocks, such as concrete, laid on top of the timber stacks loaded in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-3% 0.5 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Laser and X-ray scanning of logs

Log scanning and sorting brings significant savings for sawmills Combined laser and X-ray scanning technology for log measuring helps improve sawmilling material efficiency in multiple ways. Under...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Significant savings through closed water cycles

Better by half... With water becoming scarce, company looks for new water-saving solutions Closed cycle solution for cooling-heating keeps the water in the system Nammo is an international aerospace...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Manufacturing oil-absorbent rugs from used textiles

Textile company's textbook circular economy case Textile company looks for ways to cut waste and develop new products A solid test case for circular economic thinking, diverting waste from landfill...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Construction site waste management cuts CO2 emissions in half...

In the know A municipal housing company set a goal to improve construction site waste recycling rate in a pilot project Actions included establishing a waste sorting system at the site, educating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost