IL-amendLast week, the U.S Energy Department announced a new research initiative that will focus on the reduction of recycling costs and increasing the value of recycled products, including e-scrap. The initiative, named the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, received $70 million in federal funding.

REMADE will be based in Rochester, NY and is led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. A press release from the Energy Department explains the institute will focus on decreasing overall costs associated with disposal and remanufacturing of certain materials.

The REMADE Institute will focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027,” said the release.

The $70 million in funding REMADE received is still subject to federal budget approval.