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Research, innovation and sustainability


Innovation continues to fuel the improvement of car-recycling performance. For the benefit of companies in the recycling chain, ARN commissions research into the recycling of new substances and the optimisation of its processes. To this end, ARN collaborates with universities and various research institutes.

Future-oriented research

At least 95 per cent of an end-of-life vehicle, by weight, must be recycled. In practice, though, this is often 98 per cent. However, given that the automotive world is quickly and constantly changing, there are plenty of challenges on the horizon. The increasing numbers of electric cars and their batteries, digitalisation and the use of lightweight plastics all call for specific solutions. In research carried out by ARN, we try to anticipate developments that can be expected in future. To this end, ARN contributes to ongoing research projects and participates in countless partnerships.

CO2-footprint of the recycling chain

At ARN we have been mapping our CO₂ (carbon) footprint since 2010. This enables us to ascertain the environmental impact of our activities and of our chain partners. The objective is to minimise CO₂ emissions in all our recycling activities and thus contribute to the mitigation of climate change. An example of this is the optimisation of PST (Post-Shredder Technology), for which ARN received a subsidy of €1 million from the European subsidy program LIFE+.


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