Automotive Ecology Question 5

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“Can at least 90% of all new and redesigned car models of the brand be reused or recycled, and does the brand have a plan to phase out PVC?”

Dutch version: “Kunnen alle nieuwe en herontworpen modellen van het merk worden gerecylced voor tenminste 90%, en heeft het merk een plan om PVC uit te bannen?

German version: Können wenigstens 90 Prozent aller neuen Modelle oder solche mit geändertem Design recycelt werden? Und/oder plant das Unternehmen PVC aus dem Verkehr ziehen?


This question addresses the same issues as the former question about recyclability, please consult that section for general references.

We consulted car recycling experts e.g. [1] with the question how recyclability can be improved, and concluded that the Polyvinyl chlorine (PVC) content is a major factor in the recycling of the automobile shredder residue (ASR)— what remains after useable materials are extracted from end-of-life vehicles. This seems in line with the electronic sector, where Greenpeace advocates for banning PVC from electronics while using alternative materials, see for example Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 1.

We cross-checked if car brands deliver on reducing PVC, and found that the issue seems somewhat forgotten as most car company documentation on PVC is more than 5 years old. Only Honda shows clear ambitions and up to date targets and results, they set the benchmark for this question. Note that Honda still has a 'no' to this question as the policy is only applicable to Japan.

Please note that for this question we look specifically at the brand's level, so information on the conglomerate's website is only accountable when the conglomerate specifically refers to the brand.

Ranking guidelines

Rank Yes:

- When the brand claims to have achieved this benchmark.

Rank ?:

- When information on this cannot be found, is incomlete or not clear.

Rank No:

- When brands achievements are weaker than the benchmark set in this question.