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

Adam Hewitt

Over the 95%

Data released by the European Commission has shown that in 2015 the UK went beyond its 95% recycling and recovery target. Because it can take up to 2 years for the European commission to compile the data, these latest results show that the UK achieved a total of 96.9% in recycling and recovering vehicles up from 90.7% in 2014. The percentage has been increasing since 2010 when the figure was 83.5% but this is the first time the UK has exceeded its target. 

Another interesting figure when compared to 2014 was the total amount of ELVs (cars and light commercial vehicles) being down. In 2014 1,106,846 ELVs were recycled, whereas in 2015 it was only 995,527. The number of tonnes of ELV waste created in the UK equated to 1,074,747 tonnes in 2014 and only 966,657 in 2015. 

              Yearly tonnage of ELVs


Throughout Europe the UK lies 6th in recycling and reuse charts with Finland and Poland being at the top. Italy was the lowest with 84%. The overall recycling and recovery percentage for the whole of the EU was 93.4%. 



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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.