In a newspaper article, Eddy Geysen of General Motors Europe claimed that the directive would exact too high a cost from manufacturers and would prevent them from optimising fuel consumption (ENDS Daily 24 January).
The EEB has now counter claimed that Mr Geysen grossly exaggerated both the likely cost of recycling old cars and the magnitude of any potential design conflict between better fuel economy and ease of recycling. According to the group, a car recycling scheme in the Netherlands has shown costs of only euros 70 per vehicle, illustrating that "manufacturers need not make extensive reserves".
The EEB also denies Mr Geysen's claim that improving the recyclability of cars might prevent manufacturers from optimising fuel economy. According to the group's Christian Hey there are no significant barriers to making cars both more recyclable and lighter. Based again on Dutch experience, Mr Hey says that a recycling rate of up to 86% is possible with the existing car fleet, while the directive would not require this level to be attained until 2015.
EEB, tel: +32 2 289 1090.
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