Pooling and sharing of military Spare Parts have the potential to contribute significantly to the objectives of circular economy. The common pooling and sharing of spare parts reduces the number of warehouse capacities normally used by military. This will have an impact especially on the transportation capacity and effort in terms of delivery and distribution to the end user. In combination with intelligent warehouse management this contributes to reduce the carbon footprint. Re-using Spare Parts instead of re-producing Spare Parts saves important natural resources and additionally has a positive impact on the carbon footprint through reducing logistic activities in terms of transport and provision.
The best way of saving valuable resources and avoiding waste is the pooling and sharing of Spare Parts for commonly procured and used military equipment, either for legacy assets or for upcoming military procurements. A commonly used logistic process and an appropriated IT application with smart warehouse management will bring added value to circular economy.
Key activities foreseen
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- Simplified logistic process for Sharing of Spare Parts, based on commonly agreed standards;
- Related IT tools for such process, enabling the execution of sharing activities, and providing an ecological warehouse management to contribute actively to circular economy by reducing the carbon footprint.
- Pilot project to demonstrate this approach on selected use cases.
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