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A study to examine the benefits of the End of Life Vehicles Directive and the costs and benefits of a revision of the 2015 targets for recycling, re-use and recovery under the ELV Directive, GHK / BIOIS, May 2006.

The Commission has now received a report from GHK and BIOIS that investigates the costs and benefits of targets for re-use, recycling and recovery in 2015. This report also investigates benefits from the Directive and the 2006 targets and builds on case studies of practices in different member states, information on technologies and life cycle analysis of treatment processes.

This report provides some useful information to inform the Commission's thinking, although it represents the thinking of the consultants rather than our view. There are areas where the report either lacks information, or builds on assumptions not held by the Commission.

In considering policy for 2015 and onwards, we are considering a broader range of information – and are making the GHK/BIOIS report public to check the information contained in the report and investigate its assumptions.

The report is long: in "Issue for Stakeholders" we have extracted some of the important issues from the report, specifically to check facts with stakeholders and external experts. This summary of the issues of greatest interest to us includes a few specific questions addressed to stakeholders, related to facts from the report. We would welcome information relating to the issues and facts raised in this document, including those suggested by our questions.

The Commission would also be glad to know of any information which supports or contradicts other facts contained in the report. We would like to hear from you by the end of 11th June.

Please send your information by e-mail to "" or, if in paper form to "ELV Directive, European Commission, BU-5 5/182, B-1049, Brussels"

  • Introduction, Conclusions and Recommendations (P1-22)
  • Current Benefits of the Directive (p23-71)
  • Future Costs and Benefits of the Directive – Options and Economic Impacts (p72-113)
  • Future Costs and Benefits of the Directive – Environmental Impact (p114-186)
  • Annexes