EU commission wants to investigate unknown whereabout ELVs

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Darmstadt, Germany — As seen from assessments performed for the Commission covering years 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, approximately 3.4 to 4.6 million vehicles per year are not reported; they are neither registered as part of the European vehicle stock (also called “vehicle parc”), nor as vehicles exported from the EU (termed extra EU-Export in Comext), nor as ELVs (Eurostat). Vehicles under Eurostat’s ELV listing are treated properly in Authorised Treatment Facilities, as the ELV Directive envisaged. The assessments also stated that the majority of the vehicles of unknown whereabouts should be considered as illegally scrapped or stored within the EU.

On behalf of the EU commission, the German Oeko-Institut e.V. together with partners has started a study on „Assessment of the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of life vehicles (the ELV Directive) with emphasis on the end-of life vehicles with unknown whereabouts“. The study is led by the Oeko-Institut in cooperation with Argus Statistik und Informationssysteme in Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH as well as ICEDD – Institut de Conseil et d’Etudes en Developpement Durable and Resources and Waste Advisory Group (RWA) as subcontractors. The Oeko-Institut also launched Launch of a 12-week public stakeholders‘ consultation. This public stakeholder consultation runs for twelve weeks from 22 June 2016 to 14 September 2016.

The context of this public consultation includes two EU documents:

  • Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on end-of life vehicles (subsequently called the “ELV Directive”);
  • Commission Decision 2005/293/EC of 1 April 2005 laying down detailed rules on monitoring reuse/recovery and reuse/recycling targets set out in Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of life vehicles (subsequently called the “Commission Decision”).

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Source: Oeko-Institut e.V.