Four years after its entry into force, the implementation of the End-Of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive is still beset by significant problems. EurActiv reports that, according to a new study, complex administrative requirements and reluctance by some members states to impose additional costs on automakers are among the main stumbling blocks.



Adopted in September 2000, the purpose of the ELV Directive is to prevent waste and promote the collection, re-use and recycling of car components. The Directive sets the target for re-use, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components to 85% of the total weight of the vehicle by 2006, an increase of 10% since 2000.



Implementation of the Directive, which entered into force in April 2002, has been plagued by difficulties and delays. Problems have included the complexity of the Directive and the issue of cost to carmakers, who are responsible for properly disposing of vehicles at the end of their life cycle without any cost to the final owner of the vehicle (EurActiv 13/08/2001 and 29/08/2001). Issues:



A new study, commissioned by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament and completed in March 2007 by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), has found that only the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Austria have made good progress on implementation.



Success in these member states, the report says, can be attributed to sufficient resources and effective administrative systems, backed by “early experience of operating a highly regulated system of car disposal”.



But other member states, including the UK and Italy, have not fared so well. Problems include:





Significant differences in the waste-management and administrative structures of member states

the complexity of the administrative requirements of the directive, including the need in some cases to establish new systems and standards

the reluctance by some member states to impose more costs on carmakers, particularly in states in which car production is a major source of employment

lack of resources, both financial and administrative, particularly in many of the new member states.

Other problems relate to illegal activity. Carmakers or other facilities that accept end-of-life vehicles at no cost are required to issue destruction certificates to the final owner of the vehicle. Numerous “rogue traders,” however, undermine this system by buying old vehicles and then re-selling scrap metal or other parts and dumping the vehicles without any respect for environmental standards. A number of cars are also exported outside the EU and dumped in countries with less stringent disposal laws.



The report also cites a general lack of public awareness about the requirements, or even the existence, of the law

Ano da Publicação:
2007
Fonte:
WARMER BULLETIN ENEWS #21-2006-May 25, 2006
Autor:
Kit Strange/Warmer Bulletin
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