Unlike in the recycling industry, cross-sectoral activities to facilitate knowledge transfer and promote the remanufacturing industry have been neglected in Europe over recent years. Major industrial competitors, like the US and China, possess a strategy for remanufacturing within their industrial landscape. European remanufacturing could lose its competitiveness. Hence, there is a real need for a European-level solution to encourage remanufacturing throughout Europe.
The manufacturing industry is the largest employment sector and the biggest contributor to the GDP of industrialized nations (34 million people contributing about 14.5% of the total GDP in EU-27 countries) and so can be considered an important driver of their wellbeing and prosperity. It is also a major consumer of material and energy as well as a significant source of waste (about 14% of the 2,652 million tonnes of waste generated in EU-27 countries in 2008).
ERN is a European Commission funded 2 year project with the ambition to:
The ERN consortium consists of eight partners from six different EU Member States where organised remanufacturing
occurs at scale. The consortium includes expertise in the whole length of the remanufacturing supply chain.
The effort of the ERN consortium partners focuses on performing an European market study and gathering best practices in 2015.
In 2016, the partners will create online tooling and organize workshops. In these workshops, ERN representatives will present and discuss tools and methods for how to overcome key remanufacturing challenges.
The ERN steering committee provides external reflection on the direction of the network by reviewing completed and evaluating proposed project activities. Additionally, the steering committee assist in effective communication and coordination with remanufacturing activities outside of Europe, where useful synergies may be gained. Find a list of steering committee members below.
The aim of the ERN is to facilitate the development of sustainable partnerships between remanufacturing organisations for future research, collaboration, knowledge transfer and lobbying well beyond the 2 year timeframe of the ERN project.
The networks and partnerships developed during the course of the project will be cemented by the formation of the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture (CER). The council is the focal point for remanufacturing dialogue in Europe, representing the industry to policy makers at-scale. The CER provides opportunities to influence policy by communicating the cross-sector issues and challenges to be tackled and advocate for the support needed to promote the growth of remanufacturing.
The Commission welcomes the work being done on a Remanufacturing Council. There is a clear need to reap the potential of remanufacturing in support of the circular economy.
– Kestutis Sadauskas, Director, DG ENV, European Commission