Environmental Benefits of Remanufacturing


The remanufacturing business is driven by the economic benefits associated with keeping high value products in service at like-new performance. A recent UN study demonstrated that remanufacturing can result in a 80-99% reduction in material consumption, and 57-87% reduction in fabrication energy, compared to new. This video will explain the methodologies that are used to assess the environmental benefits of remanufacturing, and provide case study examples that illustrate the analysis process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify environmental benefits of remanufacturing.
  2. Understand how to assess the environmental benefits of remanufacturing.
  3. View case study examples that illustrate the analysis process.


Brian Hilton

Rochester Institute of Technology, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Senior Staff Engineer

Brian Hilton has over 25 years of experience in sustainable product design. He works with GIS industrial customers to create environmentally and economically sustainable product systems. His expertise is in remanufacturing, product development, sustainable design, life cycle assessment, and lean manufacturing, and design engineering including: design of experiments, value engineering value analysis, and inventive problem solving. He has led many design and manufacturing projects including developing cost effective manufacturing and remanufacturing processes. Prior to joining RIT, Brian worked in industry for 12 years where he designed and developed products from clean sheet concept-inception through fully-automated, high-speed production at domestic and international manufacturing plants.

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