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UK group claims credit for Brussels' remanufacturing definition

The All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) has welcomed commitments to remanufacturing in the Circular Economy (CE) package announced on 2 December.

APSRG co-chair and Labour MP Barry Sheerman (pictured) said the European Commission had recognised that remanufacturing had the potential to develop under a CE and that it was already common practice in certain industries such as vehicles or machinery.

“I am delighted that the Commission is committed to supporting these promising developments through its research and innovation financing programme, Horizon 2020, as well as through cohesion policy funds. Valued as an industry worth £2.4bn in the UK alone, it has the potential to fulfil many of the social, economic and environmental demands on EU member states’ wish lists.

“In order to reach its full potential, however, it needs to be properly and legally defined so I am delighted that the Commission adopted the definition of remanufacturing as used by APSRG.”

Laura Owen, head of sustainability at Policy Connect and the manager of APSRG said: “I am thrilled that the Commission recognises the contribution that remanufacturing can have in moving towards a CE, and defines it as in [our] recent remanufacturing report.

“I am excited to be working with the Commission on this important topic as well as other areas that can contribute significantly to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and other resource-efficiency targets, such as a 65% recycling target.”

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