Remanufacturing Benefits the Environment
According to studies performed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, energy savings by remanufacturing world-wide in a year equals the electricity generated by 5 nuclear power plants or 10,744,000 barrels of crude oil which corresponds to a fleet of 233 oil tankers. The Fraunhofer Institute also determined that raw materials saved by remanufacturing worldwide in a year would fill 155,000 railroad cars forming a train 1,100 miles long. Because products that are remanufactured are kept out of the waste stream longer, landfill/junk yard space is preserved and air pollution is reduced from products that would have had to be smelter again or otherwise reprocessed. A product can always be recycled. Extending product life through remanufacturing is the key to leveraging the earth's natural resources.