Canadian operators are asked to share their knowledge about the remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and reuse activities and their views on what would help to grow profitably using Value Retention Processes (VRPs).
As part of on-going work to implement a comprehensive federal agenda on zero plastic waste and support a circular economy approach to the management of products and waste, Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has retained Dillon Consulting and Oakdene Hollins to conduct a study on remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and reuse activities in Canada. The purpose of the study is to determine how prevalent these activities are, estimate their socio-economic and environmental benefits and identify how the federal government can support the growth of these activities. The outcomes of the study will help inform the development of the federal government’s national strategy on remanufacturing and other value-retention processes (VRP's – repair, reuse, etc.)
The study is investigating most sectors of manufacturing for a national overview, but targets six sectors for a cross-sector and international comparison, namely: aerospace, automotive, heavy-duty and off-road, household appliances, furniture and electronics. The findings will only be as good as the information gathered, so the study team is reaching out to all companies that are currently engaging in these activities in Canada, inviting remanufacturers, refurbishers, repairers and re-users to participate in a survey.
You can find out more about the project here, including links to the on-line survey (in English and French). Rematec News will report on the findings later in the year.