Our ability to extend the life of products, and reclaim resources at the end of their life, is fundamental to safeguarding our future industrial activities. Current remanufacturing and recycling initiatives are solely focussed on their economic sustainability, which has prevented the full potential of their environmental benefits from being realised.
Researchers at SMART are investigating appropriate methods to develop key performance indicators which enable selection of the most appropriate end of life option for a product. They are also exploring the next generation of reuse/recycling technologies and processes that will facilitate closed loop manufacturing.
You can find more details about our work in this area below, however, if you want to know more about our future activities, please contact us for further information.