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

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Update on the ELV Directive

A public consultation for the ELV Directive is planned for the first quarter 2019.

The purpose of the evaluation will determine how successful the ELV Directive has been to deliver the aims of the Directive. The evaluation should also assess the evidence base for improving the implementation of the Directive and a possible future Impact Assessment. 

The EU’s rules on end-of-life vehicles aim to make dismantling, recycling and reusing these vehicles more environmentally friendly and push manufacturers to make new vehicles without hazardous substances, so their parts can later be reused.

This evaluation assesses how well the EU’s rules are working and whether they are delivering the expected benefits for the environment, the public and industry.

The ELV Directive which was adopted in 2000 to minimise the impact of end of-life vehicles (ELVs) on the environment and to improve the environmental performance of all the economic operators involved in the life cycle of vehicles. 

The Directive has contributed to an increase in the number of ATFs and a proper treatment of all materials contained in end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). The high targets under the Directive (95% reuse and recovery and 85% reuse and recycling) have largely been met and a substantial reduction in the use of hazardous substances in the new cars has been achieved. 

For the ELV Directive, two major challenges have been identified: the illegal ELV treatment operators and the illegal shipment of ELVs. To address these issues, the Commission carried out a compliance promotion initiative to assess the implementation of the ELV Directive with emphasis on the ELVs of unknown whereabouts. However, other points have also been identified such as the incoherence of definitions with other legislation such as the Waste Framework Directive which has been amended in May 2018 and the Directive on the registration documents for vehicles. 

The Commission has a legal obligation to “review the ELV Directive, by 31 December 2020.

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