Originally funded to encourage the remanufacture and reuse of products through industry engagement, the CRR has become one of the leading European centres of knowledge and research on remanufacturing. Its experts in sustainability have access to detailed research built up over ten years and an internationally renowned reputation.
Remanufacturing allows businesses to position themselves close to their customers whilst realising economic and environmental savings.
CRR has a history of research and consultancy to both private and public sector clients which has enabled it to promote the benefits of remanufacturing through:
• strategic consulting
• market research
• business development
• certification of remanufacturing processes to BS 8887-220
• carbon foot printing and environmental impact studies
• public procurement of remanufactured products.
Remanufacturing is a key component of the circular economy and vital to making European industry more resilient to global competition. The CRR has led a consortium to develop European remanufacturing industry; the €1.5 million project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, resulted in the creation of both the European Remanufacturing Network (ERN) for academic research and to encourage best practice in remanufacturing across the industrial landscape and a European Council for Remanufacturers (CER) that will help propel remanufacturing into mainstream business practices.
Core to the work of CRR has been the development of business models which promote remanufacturing activities with economic and environmental benefits including increased profitability, reduced waste, minimised exposure to the risks of resource scarcity, and developing resource resilient strategies. CRR has worked with businesses in a number of ways to achieve their corporate goals; for example, it operates a specialist service on corporate uniforms. This can be an easy first step in organisational change toward a circular economy model by changing the management of uniforms and corporate wear.
CRR is operated by Oakdene Hollins, a clean technology and resource management consultancy that also runs the parallel European Council for Remanufacturers (Conseil Européen de Remanufacture, or CER).
For more information visit the websites www.remanufacturing.org.uk, www.remanufacturing.eu and www.remancouncil.eu/