Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000
EU / October 2000 / February 2010
European Union Directive, to be implemented by all EU Member States according to the subsidiary principle by their means.
The purpose is prevention of waste from vehicles as a first priority. Furthermore the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of end-of life vehicles and their components are presented as measures s to reduce the disposal of waste.
It also aims at the improvement of the environmental performance for all the economic actors involved in the life cycle of vehicles and especially the actors directly involved in the treatment of end-of life vehicles.
1. In order to promote the prevention of waste Member States shall encourage, in particular:
(a) vehicle manufactureres, in liaison with material and equipment manufacturers, to limit the use of hazardous substances in vehicles and to reduce them as far as possible from the conception of the vehicle onwards, so as in particular to prevent their release into the environment, make recycling easier, and avoid the need to dispose of hazardous waste.
2. (a) Member States shall ensure that materials and components of vehicles put on the market after July 2003 do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium
Annex II: Materials and components exempt from Article 4(2)(a):
As regards cadmium in batteries for electrical vehicles, the Commission shall take into account, the availability of substitutes as well as the need to maintain the availability of electrical vehicles.
A priority in this directive is the reduction and restriction of hazardous substances in vehicles in order to prevent their release into the environment, to facilitate recycling and to avoid the disposal of hazardous waste. Substitution ca contribute to this goal.
Last update: 28.06.2019