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In what way is remanufacturing good for the environment?

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Remanufacturing is often considered as a environmental preferable choice of end-of-life option in comparison to material recycling or manufacturing new products. However, there is not a standardised process of making these environmental calculations. This paper explores the environmental performance of remanufacturing in comparison to material recycling and manufacturing of new products. The method was mainly through literature study but also own investigations. The results show that remanufacturing is in general a preferable option due to environmental gains of: alleviation of depletion of resources, reduction of global warming potential and chances to close the loop for safer handling of toxic materials.

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  • Remanufacturing
  • environmental calculations
  • system boundary
  • LCA

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Sundin, E., Lee, H.M. (2012). In what way is remanufacturing good for the environment?. In: Matsumoto, M., Umeda, Y., Masui, K., Fukushige, S. (eds) Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3010-6_106

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