Report: Remanufacturing - Towards a Resource Efficient Economy

The APSRG's newest report warns that the UK is failing to capitalize on huge potential economic and environmental advantages presented by improved remanufacturing standards and practices.

It calls on government to take urgent steps to improve UK remanufacturing, including the adoption of an agreed definition, the setting of key criteria for analysing remanufacturing potential across different UK industries and the establishment of a government fund to explore currently under-remanufactured industries.

The report follows a three-month inquiry chaired by former environment secretary Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP. The paper will be launched formally in Parliament on Wednesday 26th March. 

It further calls for the removal of key regulatory barriers preventing remanufacturing uptake, including amendments to its Guidance on the Legal Definition of Waste to distinguish a product that is due to be remanufactured as being exempt from those products considered as waste. 

The report highlights two case studies of current best practice in remanufacturing and makes more than half a dozen recommendations designed to ensure the UK maximizes its full economic and environmental potential.

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