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Waste

End of Life Vehicles

old carsEvery year, end of life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tonnes of waste in the Community which should be managed correctly.  In 1997, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive which aims at making vehicle dismantling and recycling more environmentally friendly, sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles also with a view to their recyclability.

This legislation was officially adopted by the EP and Council in September 2000 and was published in Official Journal L269 on 21st October (Directive 2000/53/EC - the "ELV Directive").

Data for 2006 can be found on DG ESTAT website.

Events in 2014

Adaptation of Annex II to technical and scientific progress

The Commission services are running the 8th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC. In this context, a public online consultation is being carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V. from 24 September 2014 and will run 12 weeks until 17 December 2014.

The Öko-Institut e.V. shall carry out, on behalf of the European Commission, the evaluation of the following exemptions:  
Exemption 2(c): "Aluminium with a lead content up to 0,4% by weight" 
Exemption 3: "Copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight" 
Exemption 5: "Lead and lead compounds in Batteries"

Events in 2013

Adaptation of Annex II to technical and scientific progress

The Commission services are running an adaptation to technical and scientific progress of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC. In this context, the Öko-Institut e.V. carried out, on behalf of the European Commission, the evaluation of the following exemptions: 
Exemption 8(e): "Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85% by weight or more lead)"
Exemption 8(f): "Lead in compliant pin connector systems"
Exemption 8(g): "Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages"
Exemption 8(h): "Lead in solder to attach heat spreaders to the heat sink in power semiconductor assemblies with a chip size of at least 1 cm 2 of projection area and a nominal current density of at least 1 A/mm 2 of silicon chip area"
Exemption 8(j): "Lead in solders for soldering in laminated glazing"
Exemption 10(d): "Lead in the dielectric ceramic materials of capacitors compensatingthe temperature-related deviations of sensors in ultrasonic sonar systems"

In that context, a public online consultation is being carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V. from 09.09.2013 to 04.11.2013.

Events in 2012

Development of a Guidance Document on "How to Perform a Shredder Campaign"

Shredder Campaign Background Information Document

Events in 2011

Adaptation of Annex II to technical and scientific progress

The Commission services are running an adaptation to technical and scientific progress of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC. In this context, the Öko-Institut e.V. carried out, on behalf of the European Commission, the evaluation of the exemption number 8(i) contained in Annex II. In that context, a public online consultation was carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V. from 14 July 2011 to 9 September 2011. The final report by Öko-Institut e.V. can be found here.

The contributions can be seen in the new EU CIRCA website (Browse categories > European Commission > Environment > ELV exemption 8(i) evaluation, at top left click on "Library") or on the consultant's website http://elv.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=40.

Events in 2009

The Commission adopted a Report on the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on End-Of-Life Vehicles for the period 2005-2008.

Fourth and fifth adaptations of Annex II to technical and scientific progress

The Commission services have run the fourth adaptation to technical and scientific progress of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC which is now finalised.  In this context, the Öko-Institut e.V. has carried out, on behalf of the European Commission, the evaluation of the exemptions contained in Annex II.  All non-confidential information provided by the Stakeholders in relation to this subject as well as project reports can be found here. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

A first public consultation has been carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V. from 26 January 2009 to 9 March 2009. Because of the urgency to assess entries 8a and 8b of this matter, the public stakeholders' consultation was open for 6 weeks instead of 8 weeks. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

A second stakeholder consultation has been carried out from 8 June 2009 to 3 August 2009 (8 weeks). This second consultation covered two new ELV exemption requests as well as the evaluation of 10 already existing ELV exemptions (numbered in the third adaptation as 1, 2c, 3, 4b, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14a, 14b). All non-confidential information provided by stakeholders under this second consultation has been uploaded here. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

A third stakeholder consultation has been carried out from 8 June 2009 to 3 August 2009 (8 weeks). This third consultation covered a new RoHS exemption request. All non-confidential information provided by stakeholders under this third consultation has been uploaded here. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

Events in 2007

The Commission adopted a Report on the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on End-Of-Life Vehicles for the period 2002-2005.

More details can be found in the Annex to the Report prepared by the Commission services.

Third adaptation of Annex II to technical and scientific progress

The Commission adopted a Report on the targets contained in Article 7(2)(b) of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles ("2015 targets"). The Report was based on the Impact Assessment prepared by the Commission services.

Events in 2006

Stakeholder consultation on adaptation to scientific and technical progress under Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles for the purpose of a possible amendment of Annex II to this Directive. Written comments shall be submitted until 20 December 2006. Contributions to this Stakeholder Consultation can be found here. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

Stakeholder consultation for a possible amendment of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (Issue of certain spare parts for vehicles put on the market after 1 July 2003). Written comments shall be submitted until 20 December 2006. Contributions to this Stakeholder Consultation can be found here. This stakeholder consultation is closed.

Events in 2005

  • In the beginning of 2005, the Commission services have invited interested stakeholders to participate in a Stakeholder Working Group on the review of 2015-targets on reuse, recycling and recovery of end-of-life vehicles (Article 7 (2) (b) of the ELV Directive). Some additional information can be found here.

    On 4 November 2005, the Stakeholder Working Group has released its final report presenting the conclusions of its work.

Events in 2004

  • The Commission services have launched a consultation round on the revision of certain entries of Annex II of the ELV Directive. Interested parties are invited to react to the stakeholder consultation document and submit written comments until 26 March 2004. This stakeholder consultation is closed.
  • The non -confidential submissions of the stakeholders on the 2004 consultation round on the revision of certain entries of Annex II of the ELV Directive can be found here.

Legislation

  • Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles
  • Guidance Document on the legislative acquis: The Commission services have developed a Guidance Document on the legislative acquis which, even though it is not legally binding, aims at facilitating the implementation of the ELV Directive and the secondary legislation at national level.
  • Summary of EU Waste Legislation on ELVs

    Secondary legislation on ELVs:
    Annex II – first revision (2002) Commission Decision 2002/525/EC amending Annex II of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles

    This Decision has been superseded by Council Decision 2005/673/EC (below)
    Annex II – second revision (2005) Council Decision 2005/673/EC amending Annex II of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
    Annex II – third revision (2008) Commission Decision 2008/689/EC amending Annex II of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
    Annex II - fourth revision (2010) Commission Decision 2010/115/EU of 23 February 2010 amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (notified under document C(2010) 972)
    Annex II - fifth revision (2011) Commission Directive 2011/37/EU of 30 March 2011 amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
    Annex II – sixth revision (2013)

    Commission Directive 2013/28/EU of 17 May 2013 amending Annex II to directive 2000/53/EC of the European parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles

    Annex II – spare parts decision Commission Decision 2005/63/EC amending Annex II of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (spare parts)

    Commission Decision 2005/437/EC repealing Decision 2005/63/EC amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (spare parts). Commission Decision 2005/63/EC had to be repealed for formal reasons, in order to respect the European Parliament’s scrutiny right. The repealed Decision was replaced by a new Commission Decision (see below) regulating the same issue with no changes on substance as compared to the repealed Decision.

    Commission Decision 2005/438/EC amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (spare parts)
    Component and material coding standards Commission Decision 2003/138/EC establishing component and material coding standards
    Implementation report questionnaire Commission Decision 2001/753/EC concerning a questionnaire for Member States reports on the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
    Minimum requirements for Certificates of Destruction Commission Decision 2002/151/EC on minimum requirements for the certificate of destruction issued in accordance with Article 5(3) of Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
    Compliance with reuse, recycling and recovery targets Commission Decision 2005/293/EC establishing detailed rules to monitor compliance with the ELV targets
    Other related ELV instrument(s):
    ELV disposal system in the Netherlands Commission Decision 2002/204/EC on the waste disposal system for car wrecks implemented by the Netherlands
    Type-approval of motor vehicles as regards their reusability, recyclability, and recoverability Directive 2005/64/EC on the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC

Studies

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