End of life vehicles: National practices and recommendations for a future successful approach

Client: European Parliament, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Project duration: September 2010 to November 2010


Starting point and overall objectives
The European Parliament plays an important role in shaping Europe’s environmental policy. Members of the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety make use of Umweltbundesamt’s expert input on a wide range of environmental topics.


Objectives of the project
The overall objective was to give an overview on the current status of practical implementation of the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive in European Member States. The key questions to be answered were, whether all end-of-life vehicles are accounted for, if the concept of vehicle 'de-registration' is applied consistently in the Member States, how many ELVs are exported, if de-pollution of ELVs is performed in a proper way, which success rates for recycling are achieved and if vehicle manufacturers meet their producer-responsibility obligations.


Our approach
Umweltbundesamt makes use of its experience in supporting the implementation of EU legislation in Austria as well as in other EU Member States. Our Europe-wide network of contacts to administrations as well as research institutes allows us to provide in-depth analyses and comprehensive information on the status of environmental policies across Europe. For the study on end-of-life vehicles, this allowed us to summarize existing problems and gives recommendations for improvements of the practical implementation of ELV management.


Added value
Due to the multi-disciplinary approach and Europe-wide perspective, studies provided by Umweltbundesamt constitute a unique and valuable support to decision makers in environmental policy.