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Reviving Cars – Embracing Sustainability and Circular Economy

Authorized treatment centers play a vital role in maximizing the value of definitively deregistered cars by extracting still-valid parts from vehicles that will no longer be on the roads. A recent article on emphasizes their essential function in this process.


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The push towards decarbonization and embracing a circular economy underscores the significance of reusing resources whenever possible. From electronics to plastics, glass, batteries, and clothing, the world’s finite resources face increasing demand. In response, the automotive industry has been actively exploring new recycled and sustainable materials, often surprising us with their common usage and potential to extend product lifespans or elevate them to new heights.

Similarly, CATs or authorized end-of-life vehicle treatment centers, commonly known as scrapyards, are the exclusive entities legally permitted to handle cars at the end of their useful life. These centers first remove such cars from traffic at no cost to the owners and then undertake environmentally responsible treatment procedures. In Spain, Aedra, the largest association in Europe with nearly 700 members and three decades of experience, has significantly contributed to the recycling of various vehicles, making it a central figure in the pursuit of a circular economy.

The importance of their work is evident from the recent good practice agreement signed with the Spanish Confederation of Automobile and Related Repair Shops (CETRAA).

“Getting that the repair of any car is carried out in authorized workshops and not “pirates”, unfair competition where there is no claim whatsoever in the face of possible problems and that operate outside the law, including environmental law. We want that if a legal workshop chooses to use used parts, it guarantees that they come from a CAT”, explains Rafael Pardo, general director of Aedra. “Doing so is key to guaranteeing road safety and consumer rights, with all the professional and administrative support that this entails. Then, in the event of a possible defect, you can claim, with liability and warranty included, ”he adds.

By law, CATs possess the necessary facilities and skilled professionals to treat these cars and extract usable components. This controlled approach prevents the release of harmful substances like acids, oils, and toxic gases into the environment, a risk often associated with unregulated dismantling. Moreover, ensuring that recycled parts are adequately prepared for reuse by CATs contributes to the overall safety of the vehicles that will incorporate them, allowing them to continue circulating with confidence. These recycled parts also offer an attractive alternative to original parts at a more affordable price, expanding consumer choices, providing market balance, and curbing escalating repair costs. Ultimately, this contributes to building a slightly more sustainable world.

In conclusion, the significance of authorized treatment centers cannot be overstated, as they lead the way in sustainable practices by maximizing the potential of deregistered cars, supporting a circular economy, and ensuring road safety and consumer rights.