News: USA - remanufacturing is 'not melting the icebergs,' says expert
Dr. Rolf Steinhilper of Bayreuth University in Bayreuth, Germany, revealed last month at the International BIG R Show in Las Vegas, the results of his team's extensive research on the "CO2 Footprints of Remanufacturing."
Friday, 19th November 2010
According to Dr. Rolf Steinhilper of Bayreuth University, "The good news is that remanufacturing is not melting the icebergs. In fact, remanufacturing avoids between 38 per cent and 53 per cent of the CO2 that is generated from new production. This is an astounding revelation." The Bayreuth University team looked at three products: a 6-cylinder BMW diesel engine, a Robert Bosch starter and a BorgWarner Turbocharger. The results, after thousands of hours of research, indicate the reductions in CO2 of 36 per cent to 53 per cent with the supply chain of a remanufactured product versus the supply chain of a new product. Gager added, "This means that every time a consumer purchases a remanufactured product they are reducing their own carbon footprint. To the aftermarket this means that if they wish to be more environmentally friendly they should be promoting more sales of remanufactured product over new and encouraging the consumer to reduce their carbon footprint. "We know as an industry that some parts distributors prefer to sell new so they don't have to deal with the core. This study should convince them of the importance of the remanufacturing product reducing everyone's carbon footprint. This is good for society and the environment." Steinhilper noted that the amount of CO2 emissions from remanufacturing 1 million starters is equivalent to 20,090 individual passenger flights across the U.S. Steinhilper offered several recommendations to the audience: 1. Where possible, source locally or regionally and not globally to reduce your carbon footprint. 2. Optimize your cleaning technologies to reduce your reliance on chemicals and use less heat. 3. Reuse as many parts as possible during remanufacturing rather than just replacing component parts, while maintaining your quality.