The Spanish Association of Vehicle Scrapyards and Recycling Facilities (AEDRA), on June 27, at IFEMA's facilities, held the last in a series of seminars in different Spanish self-governing communities for the purpose of presenting the new developments brought about by approval of Royal Decree 20/2017 on environmental management of end-of-life vehicles, which regulates the activity of Authorised Treatment Centres (CAT). These seminars are part of the longstanding collaboration of AEDRA with the International Recovery and Recycling Trade Fair (SRR), organised by IFEMA, which is holding its next edition — its sixth — at the Feria de Madrid, from 13 to 15 June 2018, in the framework of the SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FORUM (FSMS), along with the 19th International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair (TECMA), the 3rd Hygiene and Cleaning Trade Show (ESCLEAN), and the 3rd MADRID CITIES FORUM.
The event, hosted by the Director of SRR, Lola González, included the participation of the President and Director-General of AEDRA, José Luis Legazpi and Rafael Pardo, respectively; Manuel Kindelan, the Director-General of the Spanish Association for Environmental Treatment of Out of Use Vehicles (SIGRAUTO); Santiago Dávila, a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA); and Marisol Santos, head of the waste service of the Directorate-General for the Environment of the Community of Madrid.
The seminar was opened by Lola González, Director of the International Recovery and Recycling Trade Fair (SRR), who thanked AEDRA, SIGRAUTO and FER, among other entities, for their collaboration in organising the event and support in 2018 for the sixth edition of SRR, as well as for having held this seminar at the Feria de Madrid, given its significant impact on the exchange of knowledge on environmental issues among the companies specialising in the management of out-of-use vehicles. "CATs contribute with their work to the circular economy, to the well-being of society, and to environmental protection", said Lola González.
For his part, José Luis Legazpi, President of AEDRA, thanked IFEMA for its welcome and noted that these seminars are aimed at clearing up any questions about Royal Decree 20/2017 that might arise among CAT operators in the Community of Madrid.
Manuel Kindelan, Directorate-General of SIGRAUTO, introduced the themes of the first panel discussion, in which Santiago Dávila, representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA), participated. He asserted the importance of fighting piracy in the industry and protecting the environment. Accordingly, RD 20/2017 aims to rectify certain aspects of the previous Royal Decree, from 2002, that proved problematic, in addition to adapting certain points of the Waste Act of 2011, such that when an out-of-use vehicle part is reused after decontamination in a CAT, in reality a waste is being managed by giving it a second life, because this turns it into a new product.
Marisol Santos, head of the waste service of the Directorate-General for Environment of the Community of Madrid, stressed in her presentation the need to cover the recycling rates of the Waste Act of 2011, whereby a vehicle at the end of its useful life achieves the status of waste when it enters a CAT and is decontaminated, enabling some of its parts and components to be prepared for reuse. Marisol Santos also indicated that the Community of Madrid is working so that all the information required of CATs can be submitted electronically in the easiest, simplest manner possible.
This first session on RD 20/2017 ended with the contribution of Rafael Pardo, Directorate-General of AEDRA, who highlighted the importance of the new RD and some of its articles, such as 7.3, which clearly states that parts cannot be removed from a vehicle at the end of its useful life without management and decontamination by a CAT, something that benefits, for example, the environment as it guarantees correct handling of hazardous waste by an authorised body and in the proper facilities, while also benefiting road safety and the buyers of second-hand parts. Rafael Pardo also made specific mention of article 8.2, which indicates that CATs must recover for reuse at least 5 por ciento of the parts of the vehicles they manage. This percentage will increase to 10 por ciento in 2021 and 15 por ciento in 2026. In fact, CATs have to reflect in their activity reports the percentage of parts recovered for reuse.
The seminar ended with two more discussion sessions, with the participation of representatives of different organisations, such as ASMADE, GANVAM, SEPRONA, the Provincial Traffic Department of Madrid, ANCERA, ANFAC, ANIACAM, CETRAA, CONEPA and FER. Thus for one day, IFEMA became the epicentre of the organisations that represent companies whose activities cover the entire life of a vehicle, from manufacturing to preparation, after the end of its useful life, to be turned into new parts or raw materials that will return to the productive cycle in an example of the circular economy.
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