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SYNETIQ calls for industry-wide initiative to find safe recycling solutions for battery electric vehicles

SYNETIQ Ltd., an IAA, Inc. company (NYSE: IAA), has reported a tenfold increase in electrified car and van disposal over the last two years and is now calling for a collaborative industry approach to identify a solution for safe recycling of EV batteries within the next 12-24 months.


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The government’s multimillion-pound Local EV Infrastructure Pilot Scheme aims to install more than 1,000 EV chargers across the UK, and SYNETIQ, one of the UK’s largest integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling companies, is leading the charge for sustainable EV disposal.

Sarah Hirst, Client and Green Parts Director, explains that EV battery disposal is still presenting a challenge within the recycling industry, but that SYNETIQ has already invested heavily to futureproof its sites for increased volume.

“As a recycler, we have the responsibility to dispose of EV batteries in the safest, most cost-effective, and sustainable way for our clients. The good news is we’re already collaborating with several different organisations to make sure we’re doing everything we can to solve the industry-wide challenge, exploring all potential avenues to identify a recycling process for EV batteries.

Last year we opened the doors to our new EV Dismantling and Recycling Centre, equipped with three bespoke battery storage units to safely home both EV battery packs as well as smaller PHEV units. Each unit is equipped with a fire suppression system as well as being installed on its own concrete pad to ensure total separation from other operations.

It’s also vital for everyone to recognise the safety implications of working with EVs. From the point of vehicle collection through to dismantling, colleagues at every stage of the process have been trained to correctly and safely handle EVs.”

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SYNETIQ now promises to share any findings with the rest of the industry, as it continues to identify and develop sustainable solutions for EV battery recycling.  


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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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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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