Environmental and economic benefits of re-use

In 2009, WRAP published Meeting the UK Climate Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency. This found that increasing re-use could reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by an average 4 million tonnes CO2 eq per year between now and 2020.

In order to better understand the impact of re-using particular items, WRAP have developed a methodology, and tool for quantifying the current and potential future benefits of increasing re-use. These are available for anyone to use in trying to understand the potential impact of re-use, including greenhouse gas emissions, jobs or financial impacts. From the case studies developed with this, we estimate that UK households save around £1 billion per year and avoid 1 million tonnes CO2 eq per year from current levels of re-use.

The case studies opposite highlight opportunities for increasing re-use and the environmental and economic benefits associated with this.

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