The European Car Industry assumes its producer responsibilities as mandated by the ELV Directive 2000/53/EC. Therefore, today’s authorized operators have successfully improved their facilities and operating conditions to meet the required environmental standards. Due to licensing procedure, authorized facilities are known to Environmental Protection Agencies and are subject to regular environmental auditing.
Since ELVs are an attractive product with a positive value, other players in the marketplace are also interested and try hard to capture a share of the volume available. However, these operators in many cases are not fulfilling any of the requirements of
Annex I of the ELV Directive nor are subject to any national auditing or supervision. This does not create a level playing field, with the illegal operator having a competitive advantage over authorized facilities, thus creating distortion in the marketplace.