WASTE RECYCLING AND RE-INTERGRATION STRATEGY

Background

The client has a strong global presence as a heavy-industry manufacturer across energy and social infrastructure projects, aerospace, space, and defence sectors. The client is committed to contributing to society with engineering and technology contributions to meet the expanding global needs for energy, urbanisation, industrialisation, and transport efficiency.

As part of a strategy refresh, the client wanted to expand their offerings within the aerospace sector and understand opportunities to contribute to a circular economy. Multiple sustainability strategies including supply chain and lifecycle analyses were explored by LES to enable the client to understand their current environmental impact and key strategic improvement areas. Opportunities in smart manufacturing, design for disassembly, and material passports were considered to help the client improve their sustainability impact.

Scope & Deliverables

  • End-of-Life processing analysis (Remanufacturing and Recycling)
  • Study of the client’s recycled material formats with possible secondary applications routes in Aerospace and Automotive sector supply chains
  • Steady-state supply chain analysis of recycled and converted material
  • Study of suitable manufacturing technologies for recycled converted materials

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Background

The client has a strong global presence as a heavy-industry manufacturer across energy and social infrastructure projects, aerospace, space, and defence sectors. The client is committed to contributing to society with engineering and technology contributions to meet the expanding global needs for energy, urbanisation, industrialisation, and transport efficiency.

As part of a strategy refresh, the client wanted to expand their offerings within the aerospace sector and understand opportunities to contribute to a circular economy. Multiple sustainability strategies including supply chain and lifecycle analyses were explored by LES to enable the client to understand their current environmental impact and key strategic improvement areas. Opportunities in smart manufacturing, design for disassembly, and material passports were considered to help the client improve their sustainability impact.

Scope & Deliverables

  • End-of-Life processing analysis (Remanufacturing and Recycling)
  • Study of the client’s recycled material formats with possible secondary applications routes in Aerospace and Automotive sector supply chains
  • Steady-state supply chain analysis of recycled and converted material
  • Study of suitable manufacturing technologies for recycled converted materials

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A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

LES provided a team of technology and strategy experts to carry out an analysis of the client’s primary and secondary material and processing capabilities and opportunities for supply chain collaborations to enable multi-lifecycle benefits to be realised. The work focussed on opportunities to reintegrate recycled, converted materials into products in Aerospace, Automotive, and Industrial sectors.

The client’s aim was to identify market opportunity and supply chain collaborators for their end-of-life products and materials for environmental benefit and to explore the economic return potential of their wastes.

Key activities undertaken by the LES team on this project were:

  • Identification of component structures compatible with the properties achievable from recycled wastes. In doing so, LES ensured UN SDG Target integration:
  • Recycling and waste avoidance considerations contributed to reduction of pollutants and contamination, derived from wastes, in the ecosystem as per SDG Target 6.3 to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials”, and SDG Target 14.1 to “prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities”.
  • Through exploration recycling routes and reuse of converted material, SDG Target 12.2 to “achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources” and Target 12.5 to “substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse” were promoted.
  • Identification of current recycled material manufacturing technologies and state-of-art innovation. In doing so, LES ensured UN SDG Target integration:
  • Innovation and consideration of industrialisation of current capabilities contributed to SDG Target 9.5 to “enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors”
  • Identification of global supply chain collaboration requirements and opportunities for recycled materials. In doing so, LES ensured UN SDG Target integration:
  • Collaboration opportunities identified supported the client’s actions towards SDG Target 17.6 to “enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries”

LES provided the client with a series of detailed reports supported by a full debrief session. This included:

  • A Recycled composite materials, structures, and technologies opportunities report

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