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The future of vehicle recycling in a decarbonising world – Insights from Nick Farrell

A familiar face within the industry and a recent addition to SYNETIQ, an IAA company, Nick Farrell, Client Director, puts his thoughts on paper on how the world of vehicle recycling has changed and what the future holds for our industry. 


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Nick Farrell

Vehicle salvage is fast paced, there’s no denying that and in recent years, we’ve experienced a huge amount of change. 

There’s been code of practice changes, shortage of new vehicles, an ageing car parc, highs and lows of vehicle values – not to mention the knock-on effect from Brexit and COVID-19 on the supply of parts. It’s been a whirlwind, but one thing has remained a constant, our ability to be agile and adapt quickly to still deliver a quality service to our clients. 

The decarbonisation of our industry is now firmly cemented in all our minds and is creating a pathway to further change. The ban of petrol and diesel vehicles brings with it the challenge of recycling batteries.  We’re taking a collaborative approach to providing a solution to this industry-wide issue. 

Every day we’re seeing more consumers opting for a more sustainable vehicle – the SMMT recently reported battery electric vehicle registrations were up by 39.4%, and 31,700 buyers are choosing to get behind the wheel of a zero-emission car. 

We all need to prepare ourselves for the impact this will have on our industry. The value of vehicles and availability of parts will change as less ICE vehicles come through our doors for dismantling. We’ve expanded our dismantling and storage capabilities in preparation for a continued increase in demand for green parts.

I have seen such a difference in the perception and use of green parts, with more insurers providing them as a cost-effective and sustainable option to their policyholders. There’s also the increase in uptake from bodyshops and repairers. I still feel there is some way to go with building a sense of trust with consumers on the value of green parts, but this will happen – we will continue to educate and build awareness of the importance of green replacement parts. The appetite is growing, and eventually, I see them becoming the norm in vehicle repairs. 

For now, I see our collaboration as an industry continue to progress. We need to work together, to share best practices and provide a salvage solution for what is going to be an electrified future. 


SYNETIQ Ltd., the UK-based business unit of IAA Holdings, LLC (IAA), an RB Global, Inc. company, is the leading integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company in the UK, formed to become the most innovative and trusted business in the industry. An integrated, data-driven and innovative business, SYNETIQ has led the way in raising industry standards and continually innovates ways of working to deliver great value, ensure complete compliance and provide a positive experience. SYNETIQ is proud to have major household names in its portfolio, including insurers, accident management companies, fleets, police forces, logistics companies, vehicle repair body shops, and remanufacturers. With cutting-edge data and software solutions, multiple sites, a specialist vehicle recovery fleet and over 800 dedicated UK-based employees, customers and clients trust SYNETIQ to create bespoke solutions to deliver the maximum benefit for their business. 

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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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