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"Manufacturing with Re-use"

Making a Difference Through Policy

FTC Elevates Remanufacturing in the Marketplace

In 2014, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ruled that the term remanufactured should be used only when a product is “rebuilt” in a factory setting. Recent bilateral trade agreements also recognize the reality by defining remanufactured goods as a unique, third classification, i.e., they are neither new nor used.

Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015

In recognition of remanufacturing’s quality, cost, and environmental benefits, in 2015, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts when maintaining the federal vehicle fleet. The legislation stemmed from a 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the uses and benefits of remanufactured parts.

Environmental Benefits

A remanufacturer can use 85-95% less energy and materials per unit produced than a new equipment manufacturer because the reused components retain the energy and materials from their original production.

According to the U.S. International Trade Administration, global estimates of energy saved through remanufacturing equals about 120 trillion BTUs (British Thermal Units) a year. In simple terms, that’s about equal to:

10.8 million barrels of crude oil
or 233 oil tankers

The lifetime fuel consumption of
75,000 car owners

The electricity generated by five
nuclear power plants