Driving vehicle dismantling forward - A combined literature and empirical study
Review article, 2021

To move towards a more sustainable and circular economy, a more efficient recovery processes for end-of-life vehicles and their constituent components and materials is needed. To enable reuse, remanufacturing, high-value recycling and other circular strategies, a well-functioning disassembly is essential. This article presents a literature review of studies focusing on vehicle dismantling and surrounding end-of-life treatment systems. Furthermore, topics considered as the most critical for practitioners were identified through focus groups composed of industry representatives and researchers from various Swedish organizations. By comparing findings from the literature and empirical results, it is concluded that there are differences and gaps between the areas researched and those considered as important by industry, thus calling for further research to address practical challenges in improving vehicle end-of-life management. The four areas highlighted as the most prominent are: i) plastics, ii) batteries, iii) investments and ownership structures, and iv) the workforce.

Car dismantler

Reuse

Process efficiency

Waste management

Circular economy

End-of-life vehicles

Author

Malin Tarrar

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 295 126410

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The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), 2016-04-01 -- 2019-12-31.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), 2016-04-01 -- 2019-12-31.

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VINNOVA, 2019-03-01 -- 2022-02-28.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126410

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4/14/2021