Nov 12, 2019
A new book by Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), brings together many of the world’s thought leaders on the fundamentals of remanufacturing and its vital link to resource efficiency and the circular economy—including two additional authors from RIT.
While remanufacturing—an industrial process that restores used, worn and retired products to a like-new condition—offers numerous economic and environmental benefits, little has been written about the fundamentals of remanufacturing as it relates to operations, technologies and business models.
The groundbreaking book, Remanufacturing in the Circular Economy: Operations, Engineering and Logistics (Scrivener Publishing, 2020), “covers remanufacturing fundamentals in an integrated and scientific fashion while also addressing the role of remanufacturing in a circular economy system,” said Nasr, widely considered an international leader in research and development efforts in disciplines related to sustainability, remanufacturing and the circular economy.
The circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention and eliminates waste through thoughtful design.
In addition to serving as the book’s editor, Nasr wrote the preface along with the opening chapter titled, “Value-Retention Processes within the Circular Economy,” with Jennifer Russell, a former Ph.D. student in sustainability of Nasr’s at GIS.
The 234-page book also features a chapter on “Design for Remanufacturing,” co-authored by Michael Thurston, technical director and research faculty at GIS and director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing at RIT, and Brian Hilton, a senior staff engineer in the university’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies.
The book details the direct link between rising levels of consumption in developing and developed countries with natural resource usage and material consumption. The increasing need for natural resources has raised concerns regarding issues such as resource scarcity, undesirable environmental impacts due to material extraction, and social or political tensions.