9 Vehicle recycling has considerable potential for material efficiency and resource conservation. The volume of VRE produced in the EU will increase from 10 million tonnes currently to 14 million tonnes in 2015 (EEA, 2008). ELVs contain a large number of materials. These include fractions of materials, including rare metals, that can already be recovered cost-effectively today, but also toxic substances that pose significant risks to humans and the environment. Thus, the link between the efficiency of materials and the preservation of resources is inextricably linked: it is profitable for individual companies and is necessary from an ecological point of view. If the promotion of metal recycling included only options that are cost-effective for businesses, the problem of the negative impact of pollutants on the environment and the elimination of waste at the international level would not be solved. It follows that, in this area, a confederation must deal with both, concentrating the interests of the industries concerned and dealing with public affairs. At the same time, gaps in product policy are highlighted: such a policy is too broad for specific cases of certain metals and must be consistent with the principle of territoriality, which is deficient in the presence of open markets at the international level. Hagel-ken, C, – Mr.
Buchert (2010). Metals critical to the technologies of the future and their recycling potential. Rhein-Main Material Forum, January 18, 2010, Hanau, Germany. 33The instrument of an international pact offers the opportunity to promote the decoupling of economic growth and resource use not only in Europe, but also at the global level (Bleischwitz, 2010). Agreements on objectives, codes of conduct and capacity building are prompting the relevant industrial sectors to step up knowledge and technology transfers to exporting countries, where in many cases there is still no adequate facilities and infrastructure for recycling.