End of Life Vehicles

Essay by nonachalagaya September 2007

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IntroductionThe surface engineering sector makes a major contribution to the UK economy with over 70% of all manufactured products requiring some form of surface engineering. This figure rises to over 80% in the aerospace sector. Surface engineering is therefore a vital part of the UK’s manufacturing supply chain, but mounting environmental legislation and excessive red tape are threatening the survival of many surface engineering companies and reducing the global competitiveness of the UK’s manufacturing sector. On average, during the past two years, one company has closed each week in the surface engineering sector, predominately in the metal finishing/electroplating area. So what are these pressures and how can we address them and possibly turn them to our advantage? In the last few years we have seen the introduction of а host of environmental directives such as Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control (IPPC), the Landfill Directive, End of Life Vehicle Directive (ELV), Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (ROHS), European Waste Catalogue (EWC), and Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC).

The list seems to go on for ever and there is more in the pipeline such as the Control of Major Accident Hazards directive (COMAH). (Selinger et. all 19-74)Each year а lot of waste is produced by the automotive industry due to end of life vehicles. The main difficulty why vehicles are not being recycled as they should be is because numerous amount of the material is un-recyclable or incredibly costly. This report examines the impacts of the insinuation of this legalization with respect to the design of the vehicle components in а vehicle to look at what is being prepared by the industry to meet new legislations about recycling.

Nucleus of the problemEvery year the amount of cars being produced in Europe are increasing and every year the amount of waste produced by the...