Environmental benefits of remanufacturing
Public policy-makers and scientists are becoming increasingly more concerned about the consequences of inappropriate production processes damaging to the environment. No more one-time-only use and waste of resources. Now is the time to move on to increased remanufacturing.The remanufacturing process reduces the energy consumption by removing the need to melt and re-melt for new products. Remanufacturing is a far more gentle production process and has a leading role in the fight to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce the consumption of natural resources.
Remanufacturing saves 85% of the energy used in manufacturing the original product¹The renowned Frauenhofer Institute has calculated that remanufacturing saves not less than 85% of the energy used in making the original product. A product can always be remelted but through remanufacturing numerous 'lives' are added to the product before it is remelted The remanufacturing process is lenient on the environment. Worldwide the energy saving of remanufacturing yearly corresponds to the same power generated by 8 nuclear plants or 16 millions barrels of crude oil. The yearly material savings of remanufacturing corresponds to 14 millions tons. ¹Steinhilper, 2006, Remanufacturing: The Ultimate Form of Recycling