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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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Holiday cottage provider cuts annual energy with...

Biomass boilers mean cosy cottages year-round Green tourism business discovers the benefits of biomass boilers to heat its highland cottage rentals These boilers could generate savings of € 27 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.6 Year(s)
Good practice

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings

Get the specs right from the outset... and save! Assumptions about materials and processes can lead to over-specification and end up costing more Matching real requirements to specifications can save...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Lighting upgrade in bottling factory saves money

Light at the end of the... warehouse! Bottling warehouse addresses its lighting problem with the help of expert advice New LED lamps offer better light at a lower cost and need replacing less often,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Sports club wins energy battle

Trimming down for the... winter Priority for a Scottish sports club was to upgrade its ageing heating and insulation With the budget available, experts advised against low-hanging fruit like new...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4.9 Year(s)
Good practice

Better building information modelling for material savings

More bam from your BIM! Building company introduces and extends its use of BIM to streamline processes and save Expected material cost savings of up to 15 % through integrated information control ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.2 Year(s)
Technology

Lobster Pod for shellfish transportation

The Lobster Pod is an innovative, patent pending live shellfish storage and transportation system. It has been scientifically proven to increase survival to over 99 % from an industry average of 85...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 20-80%
Good practice

Brewery cuts beer waste on Scottish island

Swannay racks up savings on new equipment Small brewery followed expert advice to save 5 680 litres of beer during casking New equipment saves almost € 11 400 a year  Swannay Brewery on the Orkneys...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Scottish farm develops diverse energy mix

The sun... perfect for energy and ice-cream sales Sustainable farm in the UK combines, wind, sun and biomass power plants Combined, these renewable sources meet 70 % of the farm's energy needs Mackie...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Programmable heating systems to reduce energy use

Effective, controllable heating systems can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions. Heating in the workplace is most effective – and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Good practice

Clean fuel from animal- and plant-based fats, oils and greases

Clever, scalable waste-to-energy solution Modular, scalable technology for converting waste fat and grease into biofuel Clean biodiesel from 100 % waste that produces no emissions and radically lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Good practice

Energy awareness theme week helps tech-services...

Involve everyone and see the results! Metso implemented an organisation-wide energy saving theme week to engage everyone in boosting energy efficiency in daily work The campaign activated employees...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost