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EMR provides bespoke permit application for EV battery recycling and research facility

The Environment Agency (EA) recently received a new bespoke application for an environmental permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 from European Metal Recycling Limited (EMR) to build an EV battery recycling and research facility in Birmingham.


EMR provides bespoke permit application for EV battery recycling and research facility pEMR has provided a bespoke permit application for an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery recycling and research facility at a site on Duddeston Mill Trading Estate, Birmingham, B8 1AP. The site will accommodate two main elements, a research facility assessing how best to treat metals, batteries and vehicle components and other wastes and an EV battery recycling facility. The proposed facility will treat up to 2,000 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous waste, a small quantity of hazardous waste and up to 250 vehicles a year. Activities may include dismantling, sorting and size reduction for further recycling and recovery operations by third parties.

If you have any comments on the application, send these by 18 September 2023.

You can comment online: view and comment on the application using Citizen Space or via email:

For advice about how to make a representation or if you are unable to make a representation via e-mail, you can call 03708 506 506.

The Environment Agency will normally put any comments it receives on the public register. This includes your name but not your personal contact details, but please tell them if you do not want your response to be public.

The privacy notice for permit applicants/operators can be viewed at Privacy Notice


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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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