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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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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Oil-less compressors and compressed air as a service

Compressed air plays a major part in many industries and almost 13 % of all the industry-related electricity consumption goes towards generating compressed air. Traditional compressors use oil and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50%
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental and economic effects in beer production using clean production methodology

A total transformation Clean production measures in a medium-size brewery resulted in a significant increase in the quality level of new products Measures helped to reduce heat waste, wastewater and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 - 8 Year(s)
Good practice

Matching EU criteria for tourism services delivers good returns

A solid investment all round Hotel invests € 660 in energy management optimisation and an environmental management system and saves € 3 500 a year Efforts are also aimed at meeting EU energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Refrigeration upgrade in a store saves money

Mini market, maxi savings Small businesses are always looking for ways to cut running costs Modern refrigeration and freezer units help one store save about € 2 000 a month on its energy bill...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental management for Bulgarian hotel

Proven steps to better performance Improved energy management leads to direct cost reduction Increased environment awareness leads to secondary cost reduction Sevlievo Plaza is a modern hotel located...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

CSR concept for energy savings in Sofia hotel

Thinking social, thinking green... Hotel achieved € 4 500 savings after CSR measures implemented Efforts appreciated by staff and guests alike The Forum Hotel in Sofia is a luxury four-star property...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Measure

Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
Measure

Full product recovery: circular economy strategy for efficient resource management

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Simple audit led to energy savings in furniture production

Bulgarian furniture-maker invests in the future Furniture-maker saves € 1 500 annually by reviewing its production process Analysis of skills, technology and practices forms part of the company's...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Sun protection foils and other measures save energy

Audit helps hotel see the light...  Energy and material audit helps hotel, saves thousands every year 1 000 kWh per year saved by simply using a sun protection foil The Burgas Hotel is a four-star...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 28 Year(s)