Scottish remanufacturing projects get funding for circular economy

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Funding has been awarded to nine projects which aims to help Scottish remanufacturing businesses explore how to make the most efficient use of materials.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture has awarded a total of £238,360 between nine companies. These include Cummins Diesel ReCon, ACS Marine, Campers Scotland and WEEE Scotland. Projects involve areas such as logistics in recovering products for remanufacture, material wear, cleaning technologies and end-of- life assessment.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced a new £70m programme to develop and grow the circular economy in Scotland, as one part of a package of measures to boost manufacturing in the country.

Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for the environment said: “Remanufacturing already contributes £1.1 billion to annual economic activity with potential to add an additional £620 million by 2020. I welcome these projects and hope to see these companies start to fulfil some of that growth potential.

"Alongside Scotland’s new circular economy strategy, this is an excellent example of the type of action which we are promoting in EU negotiations on a Europe-wide package of circular economy measures – most recently at last week’s EU Environment Council.”

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland chief executive stated: “This funding will play a vital role in helping circular economy businesses to develop and thrive in Scotland.

“Remanufacturing presents tremendous opportunities for creating jobs, businesses and a sustainable economy in Scotland built on a circular model, where we keep increasingly scarce resources in productive use for as long as possible."

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROJECTS

ACS Marine Risk Control

ACS Marine Risk Control is a marine consultancy offering a series of services related to hazardous materials, asset management and end of life options to the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries.

They are currently partnering with the University of Strathclyde to investigate a circular economy approach towards end-of-life shipping assets in terms of re-use and remanufacture.

WEEE Scotland

WEEE Scotland is a waste management service provider based in Govan whose focus is on remanufacturing and promoting zero waste.

They currently remanufacture various commodities used in automated coffee machines and bespoke medical devices.

In conjunction with the University of the West of Scotland, WEEE Scotland have been awarded a project which will introduce an additional remanufactured product to their portfolio.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture is open for project applications, for more information visit www.scot-reman.ac.uk/what-we-do/funding/


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