The presentations showed that the automotive recycling industry is preparing for the coming challenges of electric mobility. Christophe Pillot, Director of Avicenne Energy in France, was therefore particularly interested in the keynote speech. He reported on the state of development of electric mobility and the resulting challenges for the battery market. Other presentations dealt with producer responsibility for the batteries used in hybrid and electric cars as well as new safety aspects that play a role in handling these batteries.
In addition to the future-oriented topic of electric mobility, the IARC 2018 also covered an array of other subjects that currently concern automotive recyclers. The spectrum ranged from the possible amendment of the EU End-of-Life Vehicles Directive to descriptions of the difficulties automotive recyclers are confronted with in practice – such as materials containing POPs in ELVs.
The country reports included reports on the development of the circular economy in Japan. Adina Renee Adler from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) examined the US shredding industry and Rajesh S. Desor from the US company Adams Scrap Recycling took a closer look at the automobile recycling market in the USA. Last but not least, Walter Kletzmayr from ARGE-Shredder GmbH, Austria, took stock of 25 years of recycling end-of-life vehicles in Austria.
Next year, the congress will again take place in Vienna from March 20 – 22, 2019.