End-of-life vehicles - reuse, recycling and recovery, totals (env_waselvt)

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Compiling agency: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

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1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

1.2. Contact organisation unit

E2: Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 08/12/2016
2.2. Metadata last posted 08/12/2016
2.3. Metadata last update 08/12/2016

3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

Information and data are collected based on the Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles (hereafter called ELV-Directive) and the Commission Decision 2005/293/EC, which lays down rules on the monitoring of the reuse/recovery and reuse/recycling targets for end-of-life vehicles. Every year, EEA countries (EU Member States + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) report data on the total vehicle weight, the total number of end-of-life vehicles and rates for ‘total reuse and recycling’ and ‘total reuse and recovery’ (env_waselvt) and additional data for waste categories and export (env_waselv).

The purpose of the collected data is to monitor compliance of countries with the quantitative targets for recovery and recycling of end of life vehicles that are set out in Article 7 (2) of the End-of life vehicle Directive:

2(a) No later than 1 January 2006, for all end-of life vehicles, the reuse and recovery shall be increased to a minimum of 85 % by an average weight per vehicle and year. Within the same time limit the reuse and recycling shall be increased to a minimum of 80 % by an average weight per vehicle and year;

2(b) No later than 1 January 2015, for all end-of life vehicles, the reuse and recovery shall be increased to a minimum of 95 % by an average weight per vehicle and year. Within the same time limit, the re-use and recycling shall be increased to a minimum of 85 % by an average weight per vehicle and year.

Further information on the policy need of data on end of life vehicles can be found on the following website of Directorate General Environment:


3.2. Classification system

For the data set “End-of-life vehicles - reuse, recycling and recovery, totals (env_waselvt)” the End-of life vehicles data are broken down by type of treatment:

  • Generated (GEN)
  • Reuse (REU)
  • Recycling (RCY)
  • Energy recovery (RCV_E)
  • Recovery (RCV)
  • Disposal (DSP)

For the data set “End-of-life vehicles by waste operations - detailed data (env_waselv)” the End-of life vehicles data are broken down in addition for waste categories

  • Total Waste (TOTAL)
  • Total dismantling and de-pollution (DMDP)
  • Liquids (excluding fuel) (LoW: 1301 until 1306+1406+160113 until 160115+160121+160122+160199) (LIQ)
  • End-of-life vehicles: total weight of vehicles exported (EXP)
  • End-of-life vehicles: tyres (W160103)
  • End-of-life vehicles: oil filters (W160107)
  • End-of-life vehicles: other materials arising from depollution (excluding fuel) (LoW: 160108 until 160111+160121) (W1601A)
  • End-of-life vehicles: metal components (LoW: 160117+160118) (W1601B)
  • End-of-life vehicles: large plastic parts (W160119)
  • End-of-life vehicles: glass (W160120)
  • End-of-life vehicles: other arising from dismantling (LoW: 160122+160199) (W1601C)
  • Batteries and accumulators (W1606)
  • Catalysts (W1608)
  • Total shredding (W1910)
  • Ferrous scrap (steel) from shredding (W191001)
  • Non-ferrous materials (aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, etc.) from shredding (W191002)
  • Shredder Light Fraction (SLF) (LoW: 191003+191004) (W1910A)
  • Other materials arising from shredding (LoW: 191005+191006) (W1910B)
3.3. Coverage - sector

The data covers any vehicle designated as category M 1 or N 1 defined in Annex IIA to Directive 70/156/EEC, and three wheel motor vehicles as defined in Directive 92/61/EEC, but excluding motor tricycles; Article 2(1).

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

End-of life vehicle including their components and materials.

3.5. Statistical unit

End-of life vehicles

3.6. Statistical population

End-of life vehicle including their components and materials generated and treated within a country (within EU)

3.7. Reference area

EU-28 and national data for each EU Member State and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

3.8. Coverage - Time

since 2005, annual data.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable

4. Unit of measure Top

Tonnes, numbers of ELVs and percentage.

5. Reference Period Top

The reference period is the calendar year.

6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

Member States are requested to submit data and quality reports via EDAMIS related to the Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles and the Commission Decision 2005/293/EC, which lays down rules on the monitoring of the reuse/recovery and reuse/recycling targets for end-of-life vehicles. The deadline for the transmission of data and quality reports to the Commission is the 30 June, 18 month after the end of the period covered.

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

There is no data sharing with other international organisations; international organisations can use the data as published in the dissemination database.

7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Not applicableRegulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

see 7.1.

8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

Data are published 21 months after the end of the reporting period, which is 3 months after the reporting deadline.

8.2. Release calendar access

Not applicable

8.3. Release policy - user access

In line with the Community legal framework Eurostat disseminates statistics on Eurostat's website (see item 10 - 'Accessibility and clarity') respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users

9. Frequency of dissemination Top

Every year

10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

Not applicable

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Publications are available on the website of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Please consult free data on-line in the Eurostat dissemination

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

Not applicable, there are no micro data.

10.5. Dissemination format - other


10.6. Documentation on methodology
10.7. Quality management - documentation

The Member States describe the sources and methods in a quality report.

11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

The quality assurance is a joint responsibility of the Member States and Eurostat. The Member States conduct the data collection and describe their sources and methods in a quality report. Eurostat carries out plausibility checks and comparability checks across countries. Observations will be discussed with the countries. Although the concepts, the classifications and the formats are clearly defined, the countries remain free to choose the sources and methods that fit them best. This reporting obligation is in line with the Community legal framework.

For quality assurance Eurostat conducts each year a data validation, resulting in communication with the Member States. A validation report is submitted each year to the European Commission DG Environment, as the responsible body for the relevant regulations and the monitoring of the targets addressed.

11.2. Quality management - assessment

See item 11.1

12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

The user needs are defined in the whereas part of the End-of life vehicle Directive 2000/53/EC:

The different national measures concerning end-of life vehicles should be harmonised in order, first, to minimise the impact of end-of life vehicles on the environment, thus contributing to the protection, preservation and improvement of the quality of the environment and energy conservation, and, second, to ensure the smooth operation of the internal market and avoid distortions of competition in the Community.

A Community-wide framework is necessary in order to ensure coherence between national approaches in attaining the objectives stated above, particularly with a view to the design of vehicles for recycling and recovery, to the requirements for collection and treatment facilities, and to the attainment of the targets for reuse, recycling and recovery, taking into account the principle of subsidiarity and the polluter-pays principle.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

No systematic user satisfaction survey was conducted.

12.3. Completeness

Reporting is mandatory and the data sets have a high level of completeness.

13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

See item 11.1 above

13.2. Sampling error

Due to the freedom of the countries to choose their methods, different sampling methods were used by countries for some parts of the reporting tables. Accordingly an overall assessment is not possible.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Due to the freedom of the countries to choose their methods the non-sampling errors are difficult to summarise at the European level.

14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

Data submission by the countries is due 18 months after the end of the reporting period (30 June) on an annual basis and will be published three months after the due date (September).

14.2. Punctuality

Annual data has to be submitted 18 months after the reference period. Most countries do respect this deadline, some countries deliver with a small delay. In a few cases the delay is more than 2 months.

15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical


Due to different methods applied by the member states the geographical comparability for detailed data is limited but for the relevant target of good quality thus that the overall rating is high.

15.2. Comparability - over time


Reporting is mandatory, comparability over time is assumed to be fairly high as of reference year 2006.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Coherence with the Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 on waste statistics is limited as the Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 covers a broader range (all end-of-life vehicles) while the ELV Directive covers passenger cars (M1) and light commercial vehicles (N1) only. The Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 provides less detailed information on treatment.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Internal coherence is ensured by Eurostat thus aggregates are coherent with sub-aggregates.

16. Cost and Burden Top

No information.

17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

Data are updated in Eurobase, if Member States send newly revised data.

17.2. Data revision - practice

See 17.1

18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

The Member States are free to decide on the data collection methods. The general options are: surveys, administrative sources, statistical estimations or some combination of methods. The Member States describe the sources and methods in the quality reports.

18.2. Frequency of data collection

Every year.

18.3. Data collection

Ministries of Environment, or Environment Agencies collect the data and establish the methodology report on end-of life vehicles.

18.4. Data validation

Data validation is done by Eurostat in close cooperation with Member States' competent Authorities.

Analysis of the data is performed and in case of outliers or breaks in series clarification requests are sent to the Member States. In case of revision of data the Member State transmit a new web-form. 

Methodology reports from Member States are consulted during the validation process.

18.5. Data compilation

Not applicable.

18.6. Adjustment

Not available.

19. Comment Top

Not available.

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Annexes Top