June 6, 2006
Volkswagen receives European environmental award
Wolfsburg, Germany – The EU Commission has presented Volkswagen with the European Business Award for the Environment, for an end-of-life recycling process that converts waste back into raw materials. Volkswagen developed the technology in cooperation with SiCon GmbH.
The Volkswagen-SiCon process recovers materials from end-of-life vehicle residue, which could not be viably separated in the past. The treated materials can be returned to production processes, rather than ending up in landfills or incineration plants.
“The environmentally-compatible recycling of end-of-life vehicles is part of Volkswagen’s commitment to sustainable development,” says Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. “We are an innovation leader in this field, since we recognized early on that end-of-life vehicles are not tiresome waste, but rather a valuable raw material source, and developed the appropriate products and processes for environmentally-compatible recycling at an early stage.”
Following treatment in the process, hard plastics, rubber, textiles, glass and metal residues replace primary raw materials; this contributes to protecting natural resources and is economically attractive as raw material prices continue to rise. The demonstration plant for the Volkswagen-SiCon process is located near Antwerp, Belgium; further plants based on the process are planned or are under construction in seven European countries.