RSCM can reduce electronics carbon footprint

Hong Kong reverse supply chain managers Li Tong Group (LTG) has completed a two year study that suggests that closed loop reverse supply chain management (RSCM) can reduce the carbon footprint of OEM components by 80% in some cases.

The two year research project that began in 2013 looked at supply chains as a whole. Where manufacturers reused OEM parts that were harvested from old equipment returned to the manufacturer from customers, they could reduce the carbon footprint of their goods significantly. In reusing components from older equipment in next generation electronics, it was found that in some cases 80% of the carbon footprint could be saved.

Chief strategy officer of Li Tong Group, Linda Li said, “”RSCM can reduce up to 80-percent of the carbon footprint from a virgin manufacturing process of a 7in e-reader tablet when re-using major components sourced from parts harvesting.”

The system in question could involve ‘trade in’ offers to customers wishing to upgrade their phones, tablets and so on. Old goods given in trade for a small discount can be sent to the manufacturer which can recycle the components into new equipment such as the items that the customer is getting as part of their trade in deal. The RSCM system will ensure that the goods are sent to manufacturers to the standard and quality required.

Li continued, “As the world continues to move towards more sustainable manufacturing, RCSM provides a solution that is commercially and environmentally sustaining.”

A large number of electronics can be recycled in this way, from big data components to desktop PCs to smart phones, tablets and e-readers. Put through the proper re-manufacturing process, electronics users could well be using their goods recycled continuously through the development of the technology.