06 Apr Department of Energy Boosts Circular Economy in the United States With New REMADE Program
The US Department of Energy has unveiled a new initiative, the Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Program, with the purpose of forging new clean energy programs. The Department of Energy selecting the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), part of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), to lead the new initiative. The GIS is a part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Pioneer University Network. According to Sustainable Brands, RIT will play a key role in bringing together a national coalition of companies and universities in an effort to advance sustainable manufacturing methods so the United States can remain competitive in the growing circular economy.
One of the main goals of the program will be to lower the cost of the technologies that are necessary to recycle, reuse, and remanufacture materials like polymers, fibers, metals, and electronic waste. The current target is to improve the overall efficiency of these processes by 50% in 2027. Through the REMADE program, RIT will work alongside an esteemed team of national laboratories, researchers, trade organizations, and companies to promote sustainable manufacturing and policy development, with nearly $140 million in resources to access. RIT is known as a leader in sustainability applied research, policy development, and technology transfer.
“Across the nation and around the world, cleaner production, clean tech and adoption of a circular economy are recognized as critical drivers to a prosperous future,” stated Nabil Nasr, GIS’s Director and Associate Provost. “As resource scarcity intensifies, the thoughtful use of water, energy and raw materials is the only path forward. This Institute will leverage several strong building blocks already in place in New York State and create new opportunities for economic growth,” he added.
The REMADE Program highlights how important involvement in the circular economy really is. When organizations and corporations partner with Good360, they become more sustainable and reduce their overall waste, contributing to the circular economy and giving back to communities in need simultaneously. To find out how your company can become more sustainable in a few simple steps, visit our homepage.