Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling



It has been a busy first year or so for the team at ELVES, the compliance scheme for end-of-life vehicles in the Republic of Ireland. Since receiving approval in January 2017, they have been working to establish their ATF Network and have found time to undertake a number of other activities aimed to improve the processing of ELVs in Ireland. Here Elena Wrelton from ELVES provides us an update on progress.

Since getting our approval we have been working hard to get the scheme up and running, expanding our ATF network and joining up new producer and motor dealers.

Elena Wrelton. Dillon Photography

For the ATF Network, we now have 49 in the Network and met the coverage requirements set down in the regulations just after Christmas.  We will be building on this in the second half of this year, when we will be out speaking with ATFs that we know are still keen to join. Our work with the Network at the moment is focused on reporting from 2017. As it is our first year, this is taking us a bit of time, but it is good to see the picture emerging of the Network and the recycling they do.

A project which contributes to the reporting process is the work that has been done on ELV Online, the electronic Certificate of Destruction system. We have worked with the Department of Transport to identify improvements to the system and the Department of Transport made the changes just before Christmas.  The changes make for a system that is quicker to use and more useful to the ATF, as the reporting function has been much improved. We are now encouraging all ATFs to sign up to use the system, as it does save them considerable time.

Another key initiative, which we have recently rolled out is our Traction Battery Programme.  We have been developing the programme over a number of months and information on the programme was distributed to all ATFs a couple of weeks ago. The programme provides phone line support to ATFs in the event they receive a hybrid, electric or mild hybrid vehicle and also provides free collection and recycling of the batteries if required.  Very few of these vehicles are currently turning up at ATFs, but we know we need to be prepared, so have developed the programme very much in anticipation of the future.

And last but certainly not least is the work we have been doing on public awareness.  We made good inroads last year into raising awareness amongst the public about the right way to scrap a vehicle – the importance of using an ATF and getting a CoD.  Raising awareness is a gradual process and our education and awareness campaign this year will further build on last year’s success.  In particular we are looking forward to getting out and about at events – taking our Heinkel car with us when we can!  We will be at the Vantastival festival at the start of June and the Terenure Car Show in July.  Our big event however will be the National Ploughing Championships in September – the opportunity to get our message in front of nearly 300,000 people was too good an opportunity to miss.

If you would like to find out more from ELV Environmental Services CLG (ELVES), visit the website here 


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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.