‘With significant investment and action by the Scottish government, remanufacturing could add £620 million to the Scottish economy with an additional 5,700 jobs created by 2020’. This is one of the key findings from the latest Remanufacturing Report published by Zero Waste Scotland
Remanufacturing in Scotland accounts for £1.1billion in sales and employs around 17,000 people and is the process of restoring or extending the end of life of a product. Commenting on this latest piece of research, Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS said: ‘There is a definite need for efficient and cost-effective methods for returning end-of-life products back to remanufacturers, and the third sector and our membership have an essential role to play in this.
‘In general remanufacturing is poorly understood with access to end-of-life product a major barrier for remanufacturers. There is a need to educate purchasers to consider remanufactured items and of improving the reputation of remanufacturing within various sectors. CRNS welcomes the opportunity to explore options to improve remanufacturing in Scotland, including improving or incentivising core return rates, researching new collection techniques and technologies, and establishing forums for sharing best practice.’
Current major areas of remanufacturing activity in Scotland are in aerospace, automotive parts, energy, and rail. Promising areas, which with support could be significant, include ICT and medical equipment.
Speaking at the Holyrood Waste Conference today, Mr Lochhead said: “Earlier this week, the First Minister launched Scotland’s Economic Strategy, which emphasises the importance of remanufacturing for a variety of existing sectors. The challenge is to ensure that we put in place the structures and support to nurture this promising activity, and help us move towards a more circular economy where we keep products and materials in high value use for as long as possible.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “This report, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, is a landmark in providing evidence of the fantastic economic potential of remanufacturing in Scotland. Remanufacturing is already a key part of the developing circular economy in Scotland and can play even more of a part in the future – reducing our reliance on raw materials and creating high quality jobs in communities across the country. Zero Waste Scotland is committed to supporting and promoting the development of a circular economy in Scotland, with all the benefits that will bring.”
The full report can be found here: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/remanufacturingreport