Social Governance

ReMade Institute Looks Forward to Improving Circular Manufacturing Ideas

Published on: 24 January 2022 06:00 PM
by KnowESG
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A Brief Summary

The ReMade Institute has issued a request for information to revise its technology road map, which focuses on a circular approach to manufacturing by reducing raw material use, increasing remanufacturing of recycled and secondary materials, and discovering new ways to reuse materials.

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The ReMade Institute is a 141-member private-public collaboration that was founded in 2017 with a $140 million investment from the US Department of Energy. ReMade has committed more than $85.6 million in developing technology to cut energy usage and carbon emissions in manufacturing since then, with 45 projects planned for 2021.

Metals, plastics and polymers, fibres, and electronic waste have all been targeted for increased reuse, remanufacturing, recovery, and recycling, according to the institute.

In addition to these areas, ReMade intends to use the request for information (RFI) to assist in determining how future efforts in electric vehicles and solar power should be applied.

Manufacturing consumes 25% of the US's energy at a cost of about $150 billion, according to the DOE. According to the EPA, the industry is the major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 30% of total emissions.

That is why, according to ReMade CEO Nabil Nasr, the circular method of "make-use-reuse-remanufacture-recycle" is critical. Without it, as well as reductions in industrial energy consumption and emissions, the United States will only reach around 55% of net-zero.

A $43 million battery recycling plant is also in the works in Georgia, which will help to address the growing electric vehicle problem. It will be able to process 30,000 metric tonnes of spent lithium-ion batteries per year, returning battery-grade materials to the supply chain.

Manufacturing USA is a network of 16 manufacturing groups that includes ReMade. It claims that its members can save more than a quadrillion dollars in energy each year, save 50 million metric tonnes of greenhouse emissions, and boost the availability of recycled materials by more than 40 million metric tonnes each year.