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Embracing Sustainability and Cost Savings Through Green Parts

The automotive industry is taking proactive steps towards sustainability, actively working to reduce its carbon footprint. Just as in other facets of life, a moral imperative exists to practice reuse, recycling, and upcycling to curtail waste and mitigate the environmental impact associated with producing new items. Recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in 2022 showcased an 11.2% decrease in the UK automotive industry’s production carbon footprint in 2021 compared to the previous year. This marked the lowest level recorded since 1999.


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According to an article on, a pivotal contributor to this reduction is retrieving useable car parts from end-of-life vehicles, which are repurposed and reintroduced as ‘green’ parts in service, maintenance, and repair (SMR) operations. When a vehicle reaches the end of its life, it often retains numerous perfectly serviceable and safe components. The automotive industry can further diminish its carbon footprint by salvaging and repurposing these components.

Survey findings from Intelligent Motoring, conducted among car owners, reveal that four out of five respondents would readily opt for recycled or reconditioned replacement parts. Surprisingly, only 13% had been presented with the choice of utilising green parts for servicing or repairs. This highlights a missed opportunity to advance sustainability within the industry.

Moreover, incorporating green parts can offer SMR providers a solution to overcome supply chain challenges. Although waiting times for new car parts have improved in recent months, they can still be excessively long. Delays in acquiring essential parts can inconvenience customers and lead to extended vehicle downtime, incurring financial losses for both customers and SMR providers. Conversely, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) green parts can cost up to 70% less than their brand-new counterparts.

The industry has made substantial strides toward a more sustainable future and must continue on this trajectory and ensure that each stakeholder plays a role in fostering a more eco-friendly motoring sector. Duncan McClure Fisher, CEO of Intelligent Motoring, advocates for the industry to embrace sustainability and labour diligently towards a greener future.



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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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