Centre for Resource Efficient Manufacturing (REMS)

Resource efficiency is a vital consideration for manufacturing industry at present due to concerns over the sources and volatility of supply of key materials, energy and water. Finding ways to understand what the key risks are and how to maximise resource efficiency is key to achieving greater sustainability.

The Centre for REMS and its constituent partners have developed methods for describing, visualising and analysing the problems of resource efficiency, since many of the difficulties in efficient resource use can be understood using systems-level concepts and tools. These systems thinking methods help business understand where they fit into the overall flow of materials and resources in their particular manufacturing process – and this understanding will help businesses recognise where the opportunity is to engage in radical resource efficiency, which will secure supplies of resources and save costs.

Often the first step is to recognise the potential of systems innovation to alter how a business uses resources, and the ways in which value can be created. These system innovations involve using a new language, models, processes, ways-of-thinking - a philosophy - to innovate the business into a more resource efficient position.

The Centre for REMS offers its expertise and guidance in systems-level solutions applied to the resource efficiency question. Defining resource efficiency can be difficult, and its very broadness and key importance can make it daunting for individual businesses to consider and implement the opportunities. This recognition that resource efficiency is important; that business might have a problem, but that it is difficult to know where to turn for assistance, was the rationale for creating the Centre for Resource Efficiency for Manufacturing Systems (REMS), with its aim of assisting business to innovate its way to resource efficiency.

The Centre has a unique approach that combines the business-facing expertise of Teesside University, the research skills of the Institute for Manufacturing and the manufacturing innovation abilities of CPI at Wilton in Redcar. Companies interested in working with the Centre to understand their supply chains should contact Dr Callum Campbell.

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Publications and links

Analysis of waste hierarchy in the European waste directive

  End of the line for old model? (pdf - 63kb)

  The Circular Economy (pdf - 2mb)

Contact us

Centre for Resource Efficiency for Manufacturing Systems (REMS)
Phoenix Building P1.08
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Teesside University
T: +44 (0)1642 738733
E: c.campbell@tees.ac.uk
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