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ELVES Electric Loops Project Receives EPA Funding

ELVES is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Green Enterprise funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for ‘Electric Loops’. This project will investigate the reuse and recycling potential of electric vehicles as a Circular Economy initiative.


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Under the Electric Loops project, an electric vehicle will be dismantled and its parts evaluated to understand their value for reuse and recycling, helping to create a future circular economy. The project will help Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs or permitted scrapyards) and metal recyclers to create the reuse and recycling avenues needed for the End-of-life Vehicles of the future.

Fiacra Quinn, CEO of ELVES, said:

“ELVES is very pleased to have been successful in our application to the EPA’s Green Enterprise Programme for our Electric Loops project. We are expecting the volume of electric vehicles coming to end-of-life to significantly increase, and our ELV recycling industry needs to be prepared for this change. This project will provide important data enabling the recycling industry to capture the value in the recycling of these vehicles. It will also help Irish authorities to report on the levels of reuse and recycling undertaken.”

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The Electric Loops project is a natural development for ELVES, the compliance scheme for End-of-Life Vehicles. Since 2018 ELVES has operated its Electric ELVES programme, which provides take back and recycling of electric vehicle batteries, as well as training and information support on the handling of electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Electric Loops project will start in February 2023 and run till late 2024. The EPA Green Enterprise programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

To find out more about the Electric ELVES programme visit:

To find out more about the EPA’s work in supporting Green Enterprise for a circular economy see:

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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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