The European Union (EU) has proposed a new regulation on vehicle design and end of life (VDEoL) in an effort to promote circularity in the automotive industry. The regulation aims to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by focusing on reuse, repair, and recycling.
Potential for Circularity
The VDEoL has the potential to make significant strides towards a circular automotive industry. By setting stricter requirements for the design of vehicles, the regulation can encourage the use of recycled materials and the development of modular designs that make it easier to disassemble and reuse components.
While the VDEoL has the potential to be a positive step, it also has some shortcomings. For example, the regulation does not explicitly address the need to reduce the demand for new vehicles. This is a crucial issue, as the production of new vehicles is a major source of environmental harm.
To achieve the full potential of circularity in the automotive industry, the EU will need to address these shortcomings and implement additional measures. These measures could include incentives for the purchase of used vehicles, investment in repair infrastructure, and research into new materials and technologies.
The VDEoL is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough to achieve a truly circular automotive industry. The EU will need to take additional steps to reduce the demand for new vehicles and encourage the reuse, repair, and recycling of existing vehicles.
 New EU vehicles law: driving ambition or hitting a roadblock? - META, The European Environmental Bureau. (2023, December 6). https://meta.eeb.org/2023/12/06/new-eu-vehicles-law-driving-ambition-or-hitting-a-roadblock/