Research and optimisation
After the application was submitted in 2010, ARN was awarded a Life+ subsidy of €1 million in total, to be paid in three instalments. At the time of the application, the PST plant had just come into operation. The subsidy is used for two important main activities:
- Optimising the processing line. This has helped achieve a total recycling percentage of end-of-life cars of 95.9% in 2013, subdivided into 86% re-use and 9.9% energy recuperation –far above the target set for all member states of the EU.
- Research into new sales channels for PST raw materials. Promising examples are the R&D projects for plastics fraction and Blueroots.
ARN is also using part of the subsidy for so-called dissemination activities: disseminating acquired (technical) know-how and achieved results in the automotive and recycling industries. ARN is also regularly visited by car manufacturers, universities and governments. ARN itself visits recycling conferences in Europe, Asia and the US and gives presentations at the International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC) to name one example. ARN informs the European Commission through reports about the progress of the project. The European Commission has also appointed a monitor to support ARN in its project.