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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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Lighting system based on LED technology at August Koopmann GmbH...

Fresh light on the fine print A full lighting system refit made a big difference at August Koopmann Yearly savings of around 75 000 kWh in power, 67 % less! € 10 500 saved per year, and an ROI of 28...
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Using rainwater and grey-water to reduce fresh-water consumption...

Rainwater and grey-water can be used instead of fresh-water in a number of applications, including toilet flushing, cleaning and irrigation, which reduces fresh- and waste-water volumes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-15 % 10 - 30 Year(s)
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Introducing an environmental management system

A certified environmental management system (EMS) is a coherent strategy for reducing your environmental impact, complying with legislation and setting continuous improvement targets in a systematic...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Estonian water utility's eco-management efforts

Long-term collective effort gets the results A raft of environmental measures form part of Tallinn water utility's EMAS strategy Today, it uses 88 % of biogas produced on-site thanks to waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-20%
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Positive incentives for employees to reduce resource use

Positive incentives for employees are closely related to information, education and training activities. While information and training are often the first steps, this measure focuses on positive...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Employees engage in a German SME's environmental policy

Undercover energy agents German SME effectively combines HR development and resource protection Workshops and programmes benefit the company and the environment while improving employee motivation...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Competitions and games motivate staff to be energy...

Sherrifs track down energy villains US wholesale company offers staff rewards and encouragement to cut energy costs Killer Watt Gang game creates energy saving spirit which is good for team-building...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-25% 0.5 - 3 Year(s)
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Collaborative and circular business model

Changing the company business model can involve new services, products and approaches to sourcing resources and dealing with customers. The motivation could be to capitialise on a new value...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
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Implementing smart meters at SMEs

A 'smart meter' is an electronic device that can measure and control energy or water consumption through two-way interaction between a measurement unit and a control unit. Meters are available for...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: 3-15 % 0.6 - 1 Year(s)