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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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Sodium-vapour lamps replaced with LEDs and smart lighting...

Motion-guided light hits the spot! A lighting refit in a logistics centre in Finland saves on energy and helps the environment 75 % saving on light costs recorded with a payback on investment of ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Daylight atmosphere for an industrial hall

Brighter, safer working environment A major lighting overhaul to efficient LEDs delivers results Leading to more comfortable, safe and energy efficient lighting in the production facilities  Hartwall...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Smart maintenance measures at Finnish contract food-maker

All in good taste Outsourcing energy to local biofuel producer made sense Benefits to local economy, green image, better control over fuel costs Maustaja is a contract food-maker located in Pyhäntä,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Supermarket collaborates with charity to reduce food waste

From food problem to food solution Programme to convert food waste into a food solution brings Tesco and FoodShare, a charity, together More than 300 tonnes of food diverted to those in need since...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Design efficiency – zero-waste patterns

Research by WRAP estimates that around 200 000 tonnes of waste are produced during garment manufacturing each year in the UK. The research provides detail on the combined losses for cotton and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Waste
Measure

Energy efficient lighting in industrial SMEs

Lighting is a major energy cost in industrial SMEs, especially for properties using old or poorly configured lighting technology.  By improving lighting systems a plant can save significant energy....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Maintenance of pumps

Maintaining your pumps is not just important for increasing their lifetime and effectiveness, which reduces costs, but also to avoid unexpected breakdowns that can slow or stop production. In most...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Material audit improves production

Working together to deliver excellence Innovative Finnish building components maker sought advice to become a leaner and greener producer An audit revealed up to 68 proposed changes that could...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Cutting volatile organic compound emissions, Finland

Dealing with a volatile situation Efforts to reduce volatile organic compound emmission result in a healthier work environment By 2017, Isku factory's total VOC emissions were less than 5 tonnes per...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries