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Silverlake prioritises sustainability

Working to exacting standards that see it exceed the 95% recycling requirement for an end-of-life vehicle, as regulated by the Environment Agency, Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] has reinforced its environmental management processes and commitments with certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. 


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L-R Josh Lochlan, Quality Manager and Dean West, IT & Digital Marketing Manager – Silverlake Automotive Recycling

As an Authorised Treatment Facility and an automotive recycler for 75 years, the company prioritises sustainability. Solar panels, automatic sensor lighting and rainwater harvest systems help to offset its carbon footprint at an operational level.  Investment in environmental controls also reduces visual and noise pollution at the company’s 10-acre site in Shedfield, Southampton, respecting the surrounding community and wildlife. 

Transport and logistics plan and optimise the routes taken by the company’s fleet of 25 recovery trucks in order to reduce CO2 emissions. Additionally, following investment in training, 75% of Silverlake’s drivers hold C+E licences, permitting the use of the spec lifts fitted on its recovery trucks to tow an extra vehicle. This means one truck can compliantly collect eight cars rather than seven, improving efficiency and reducing overall fleet emissions. The company is a VRAC certified supplier of recycled parts delivering nationwide; and the delivery fleet is in the process of being updated with electric vans to further reduce its carbon footprint.  

Silverlake has also been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management System and ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Maintaining the highest standards in information security is critical to give customers and business partners peace of mind, and the ISO 27001 accreditation validates existing business processes. Quality is at the heart of the Silverlake culture and its processes, which are integral to its service delivery, required no changes to merit the ISO 9001 certification.    

Joshua Lochlan, Quality and Technical Manager, explains:

“Achieving ISO 27001, 14001, & 9001 all demonstrate our commitment to continual improvement and ensuring the business continues to operate sustainably.

Attaining these certificates supports our strategic plans for expansion of the business and further development of our people and systems to consistently deliver service excellence.

Our commitment to IT Security is acknowledged by our customers’ trust; our environmental commitment is demonstrated by our pollution reducing actions, and our commitment to quality remains second to none.” 



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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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