ARN: organisation with own vision on sustainability and recycling
ARN is a contributor to improving sustainability within the mobility sector through the smart handling of raw materials and promoting sustainable business practice.
Director Arie de Jong talked more about the developments in the mobility sector in terms of sustainability and recycling. “We have seen how, in the manufacture of cars, more and more use is made of lighter materials. The time is long past when this meant just plastic; increasingly, we are seeing stronger and lighter forms of steel. The lighter the car, the less fuel it consumes. Another development that is quickly gaining ground is the reuse of recycled materials for making new car components,”
Second life for batteries
De Jong confirmed that manufacturers have started to recognise the value of recycled material. “That fact is a major turnaround in itself. Over the past few years, recycling has become increasingly important, but fortunately we are also seeing a rapid upturn in the realisation that material can indeed be reused.” Hybrid and electrical cars emit far less CO2 while driving. On the other hand, the batteries are an important point for attention. “Once the power output from a battery is reduced so that the operating radius falls from 150 to 110 km, the owner can decide to replace the battery unit. The question then is – can the original battery be reused? We believe it can, with a second life in a stationary application. We are currently testing our ideas in the 2Bcycled pilot project on the island of Pampus. Participants in the project besides ARN are DNV GL, the University of Applied Sciences Arnhem Nijmegen, the University of Technology in Eindhoven and network operator Alliander.”
“Over the past few years, recycling techniques have expanded and improved massively. Without support from the government, however, recycling can still become bogged down. Dumping and/or incineration of waste are cheap compared to recycling, and the recycling industry has asked the government to take measures. In 2015, at last, a limited tax on the dumping and incineration of waste is due to be introduced.”
De Jong explained that the mobility sector is still considering how to maintain a stronger hold on raw materials. “The reuse of raw materials occupies a central role in the transition to a circular economy, right across Europe. In that connection, in collaboration with other European organisations, we are involved in much research work. ARN is a frontrunner in the processing of residual materials from end-of-life vehicles, but also of the waste generated by vehicles that are still on the road. The aim of our study is to determine to what extent products can be developed from materials retrieved from automotive shredder waste.”
“ARN offers a worry-free service for its raw materials customers. We are responsible for chain management and operate the PST plant where we separate shredder waste into reusable residual flows. We can already recycle 95 percent of an end-of-life vehicle. As well as the recycling element, it is also important to understand what this means for your CO2 footprint and the costs. With that in mind, we developed Ecotest: a handy decision-making tool that deals with specifically those aspects.” ARN has also developed training programmes for the safe handling of batteries from hybrid and electrical cars. These training programmes are provided in collaboration with the emergency services, including a recent test with the Amsterdam fire brigade.”
From: Financieel Dagblad. For more information about sustainable mobility, read the campaign page www.overmobiliteit.nl.