News: Go on green - the merits of remanufacturing
Modern Materials Handling, a US journal reports that just by using remanufactured goods, companies can reduce costs and have an impact on the environment.
Wednesday, 5th March 2008
MMH Advisory Board member Ron Giuntini (OEM Product-Services Institute) reports that this cost reduction is often 30% or greater for "exchange" transactions (trade-in used/impaired good for a remanufactured good). Reman is multiple times more environmentally friendly than almost all forms of pollution prevention. It eliminates the need to employ 85% of the resources required to manufacture a new-condition good. This is the ultimate form of "lean." The authors of lean, Womack et al, have recently done a mea culpa and admitted that focusing on leaning-out supply has marginal impacts on the bottom line, but leaning-out demand is truly the "holy grail." This is exactly what reman accomplishes. The carbon credits in using reman vs. new-condition goods will become highly material to "truly" having a favorable impact on the environment.
20 m litres of leftover paint: UK MPs call on government to support solutions
On Tuesday in Parliament, MPs had a lively debate surrounding how to create a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK. Sponsored by Angela Smith MP, the debate focused on the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) PaintCare programme.
CRR contributes to Circular Economy report
Scaling the circular economy in Europe offers investment opportunities worth EUR320 billion, according to a new report produced by SYSTEMIQ with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and with input from the CRR.
CER to open SPARK Workshop on Circular Economy
David Fitzsimons, in his capacity as director of the European Remanufacturing Council (CER), will be opening a SPARK workshop event in Cardiff on 28th March.