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ELVES becomes a carbon neutral organisation

ELVES, Ireland’s End-of-Life Vehicle compliance scheme, has recently achieved the internationally recognised Carbon Footprint Standard – Carbon Neutral Plus for the period 2019-2021.  The carbon neutral certification was attained through Carbon Footprint Ltd and represents the achievement of a goal set by the ELV compliance scheme in 2021.

 

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Lee-Jane Eastwood, Compliance Executive at ELVES said:

Equipped with these sustainability credentials ELVES is committed to remaining carbon neutral, not only by contributing to offsetting projects but by working to minimise emissions wherever we can in line with our goal of increasing the sustainability and circularity of our operations.” 

ELVES worked with Carbon Footprint Ltd to become carbon assessed through a review of the company’s activities and energy use. Carbon Neutral certification was achieved through contributions made to QAS (Quality Assurance Scheme) approved global offsetting projects equivalent to ELVES’ carbon footprint plus an additional 25%. 

Recognising the importance of contributing to climate efforts locally as well as globally, ELVES is also supporting a native tree planting social enterprise here in Ireland, for an amount equivalent to their annual carbon footprint.

Ms Eastwood explained:

Whilst offsetting is vital, ELVES has also been proactive in making changes to reduce our organisational footprint. These changes have included an upgrade of office lighting to LED and 50% of our company vehicles are now fully electric. This year we will also benefit from the recent modernising of the office heating system.” She continued: “This important step towards organisational sustainability comes on the back of the announcement that Ireland met and surpassed the ELV (End-of-Life Vehicles) targets for reuse, recycling and recovery in 2020, contributing to lowering the vehicle sectors CO2 emissions.

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ELVES is already a national leader in supporting the recycling of the vehicles of the future. The Electric ELVES programme has collected over 160 electric and hybrid vehicle batteries and modules for recycling since 2018 and has trained over 165 ATF staff in the safe handling of electric vehicles when they reach End-of-Life.

Ultimately, we hope that for every organisation that reviews its operations in this way and achieves carbon neutral credentials, others will be encouraged to look at their own impact on the natural environment and to find ways to reduce, as well as mitigate, the negative effects of their activities,” said Ms Eastwood.

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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.