We seem to spend a lot of time talking about EU directives as they apply to environmental compliance and mechanical engineering. Whilst we realize that these are not the most exciting of topics we do hope our short summary articles are useful and at least raise awareness of these important issues.
Today we are looking at the ELV directive and ELV compliance. These fit roughly into the scope of the RoHS directive and WEEE compliance directives but they cover End-of-Life Vehicles. Basically the wording says that the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive 2000/53/EC requires that certain automotive products and parts be free (except for possible trace impurities) of mercury, cadmium and lead as of the 1st of July, 2003.