CARE – the Consortium for Automotive Recycling – is planning for the launch of three new vehicle recycling research projects in 2001.
The work will centre on developing a pyrolysis project, a destructive dismantling project to be carried out by Hull University (subject to funding) and a study into the opportunity for increasing the use of used parts.
Full details of the project work is expected early in the New Year. Peter Stokes, spokesman for CARE, said in a review of activities for 2000 that the year had been a “surprisingly turbulent and active period”.
He reported that the BMW Rover split led to a new management structure being formed by CARE because of concerns about how individual projects were progressing and because of uncertainty about the implications of support for the project that would be given by BMW and Rover. Subsequently it was decided to appoint an individual to handle the CARE activities and Rob Taylor was recruited.
The year 2001 is widely expected to see firm proposals for how the UK will deliver the requirements of the End-of-Life Vehicles directive which was agreed by the European Union in September this year.
UK government departments will hold meetings in January with organisations involved in the recycling chain as well as manufacturers, with much of the debate centring around whether there should be just one organisation to oversee delivery of the requirements. Talks about any anti-competitive implications of such a move will take place with the Office of Fair Trading next month.