ARN publishes Layman’s Report
Over the past few years, ARN has received a grant worth € 1 million from the European Life+ programme, with the purpose of further optimising the production line at the PST plant. In the Layman’s Report, published today, ARN explains how the grant was spent, and what results were achieved thanks to the funding.
Production tripled and objectives achieved
The opening of the PST plant in 2011 represented ARN’s first steps towards achieving the EU recycling target for end-of-life vehicles: 85 percent reuse and 10 percent recovery. The Life+ grant was first of all spent on optimising the existing line, and on new machines for metal recovery. Thanks to these new systems, every year 250 tonnes of copper are recovered from the shredder waste. ARN spent another part of the grant on energy-saving measures, resulting in a 30% reduction in energy consumption. The measures taken have together delivered clear results: in 2013 and 2014, annual production of the PST plant amounted to 25,000 and 36,000 tonnes, respectively. In 2015, ARN expects to process a total of 42,500 tonnes.
LIFE+ is a grant programme funded by the European Union. The purpose of LIFE+ is to develop and implement European nature and environmental policy. LIFE+ has three spearheads: nature and diversity, environment and communication, and environmental policy and good governance. ARN’s LIFE+ project for improving the recycling performance of Dutch end-of-life vehicles falls within environmental policy and good governance, since it supports the Dutch government in complying with its European car recycling obligations.