DOE launches REMADE program to boost recycling in manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. The goal of the institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York, is to boost the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing.

REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from more than 100 partners. The institute’s first goal is to focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronics and aims to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.

The institute believes these efficiency measures could save billions in energy costs and improve U.S. economic competitiveness through innovative new manufacturing techniques and small business opportunities and could offer new training and jobs for American workers.

“The REMADE Institute is a key example of how public-private partnerships like Manufacturing USA are critical to advancing America’s low-carbon economy and strengthening manufacturing industries across the country,” says DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz. “This institute will be an important catalyst to leverage innovation and energy efficient technologies that will reduce harmful emissions while creating jobs and building America’s 21st century economy.”

REMADE is the fifth DOE-led institute in the multiagency network known as Manufacturing USA, also known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.