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Producer responsibility for vehicles

Producer responsibility for vehicles means that those of you who import new or second-hand cars in Denmark must contribute to ensuring that the material resources contained in vehicles are utilised as much as possible and treated environmentally correct. Furthermore, producer responsibility contributes to ensuring that vehicles are not abandoned illegally on streets or in nature.

Producer responsibility for vehicles is different

Many different players are involved in the producer responsibility system for vehicles. Car importers, dealers, car breakers, and car owners each have their role to play.

For example: Car importers must, in addition to registering imported vehicles, remember to report automotive batteries. Dealers and car breakers must receive end-of-life vehicles and make sure together with the car owner to apply for a scrapping premium through the digital system DUS, and finally car breakers must ensure environmental treatment of the vehicles and report in the reporting system for environmental treatment of vehicles.

Producer responsibility arises when a car is imported and placed on the Danish market for the first time

If a Danish business imports a passenger car or a small truck to Denmark, registers it and sells the car in Denmark, a producer responsibility arises. At the same time, there will be a requirement that the business is registered in the producer/importer register with DPA; and the business is obliged to make statutory annual reports to the register.

Producer responsibility covers imports of new and second-hand vehicles, and all contained automotive batteries

Generally, legislation applies to all producers and importers placing passenger cars (M1) and small trucks (N1) as well as automotive batteries on the Danish market. The producer responsibility – and importer responsibility – arises for the business that produces or imports a vehicle and for the first time places the vehicle on the market in Denmark.

Which vehicles are covered by producer responsibility?

A passenger car (M1) destined for the transport of up to nine persons including the driver is subject to the duty of registration for imported vehicles.

The rules apply to both new and second-hand imported vehicles.

A small truck (N1) with a weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms destined for the transport of goods is subject to the duty of registration for imported vehicles.

The rules apply to both new and second-hand imported vehicles.

Automotive batteries

You must report yourselves the quantity of imported automotive batteries

In connection with the report, DPA receives data from the Danish motor vehicles register on the number of vehicles you have imported; still, you must register automotive batteries and other in-scope products yourselves. It is therefore important that you confirm your registration and comply with the duty of reporting to the producer register.

Read more about Reporting

Data from the Motor Vehicle Agency

Since 2013, DPA has every year received data from the Motor Vehicle Agency about businesses having registered passenger cars and small trucks in Denmark in view of sale for the first time. DPA transfers these data to the registered importers. This means that if you are a car importer you must control and authenticate that the information transferred to the register is correct and you must report automotive batteries, other batteries, and electronic accessories. DPA recommends that importers regularly register the weight of the batteries prior to the sale.

Your registration for producer responsibility

The registration in DPA and the annual reporting and authentication of reported quantities is mandatory.

Non-confirmation or approval of reported quantities leads to a deletion in the producer register. In such case it is no longer legal to place your cars and other in-scope products on the market in Denmark.

If you are deleted because of non-compliance with your duty to report and you wish to re-register, you must contact DPA. The re-registration will trigger a new registration fee and you will have to complete your reporting.

Imports of vehicles

For most new cars imported to Denmark it will be the main importer who has the duty of registration and reporting. In other cases, it may be a dealer, a car rental service, or a leasing company that import the car and make the registration after which the car is placed on the Danish market.

If you are a dealer and you import second-hand cars, register, and sell them for the first time in Denmark the producer responsibility arises with the dealer of the registered second-hand car in line with the rules for new cars.

If your business imports and registers cars for lease or rental in Denmark, your business has a producer responsibility and must register in the producer/importer register; you must also every year report the number of imported cars leased or rented in Denmark.

There is also a producer responsibility for electrical equipment and batteries. This means, among others, that automotive accumulators and batteries imported together with the car should also be reported. Automotive batteries/starter batteries, or industrial batteries, or other electronic accessories for use in cars must be reported by the importer. Reporting is done in kilograms per calendar year.

End-of-life vehicles

Is the car at its end-of-life?

Producer responsibility also means that the dealer or the owner must make sure that end-of-life vehicles are taken to an environmentally approved car breaker.

Find car breaker and get your scrapping premium

As mentioned, not only importers have a responsibility. For example, the company or the private person importing a car or a light truck to Denmark must make sure that the last owner of the car can hand over the car either to the importer or to an ELV reception site.

Not only businesses have an environmental responsibility for the car; the last owner of the car also has obligations since he or she must hand over the car to an approved car breaker. In this connection an incentive system has been introduced: a car scrapping premium is paid to the last owner of the car when it is taken to a car breaker.

Environmental treatment with car breakers

When a car has reached the end of its service life and becomes an end-of-life vehicle (ELV) as many as possible of the material resources contained in that car must be reused and recycled. This reduces the need for new raw materials in the production of new cars and ensures that hazardous substances in the cars are managed in a way that they do not harm the environment and human health. For many years, there has been focus on ELVs to ensure that resources contained in them are reused and recycled to the highest possible extent. In particular, ferrous metals and other metals, plastics, and glass can be recycled, while some parts can be reused as spare parts.

To support this purpose the life cycle of the cars must be registered. This is done by registering quantities placed on the market, (imported cars), collected quantities (scrapped cars), and treated quantities (environmental and waste treatment of end-of-life vehicles). The last point is what must be reported to the DPA reporting system for environmental treatment of vehicles.

Reporting is done every year in the period 15 January to 15 April and is used, among others, in connection with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s reporting to the EU Commission on compliance with environmental requirements

Environmental treatment of a vehicle is done by draining off all fluids from the vehicle. Fuels, motor oil, gear oil, rear-axle oil, hydraulic oil, brake fluids, clutch fluids, and windscreen wiper liquids etc. are removed. Glass, plastics, and plastic bumper are dismantled along with accumulators, other batteries, lead wheel balancing weights, mercury switches, asbestos containing parts, catalysts, airbags, safety belt pre-loading devices, tyres, audio equipment, and pressure vessels etc. All materials are separated and sent to approved reception facilities in view of recycling.

Reporting is done annually in the period 15 January to 15 April in the reporting system for environmental treatment of vehicles.

The reporting is meant to show how many of the scrapped cars were actually environmentally treated in the previous calendar year, and to which extent the cars were treated (dismantled and scrapped) in view of reuse and recycling.


Car scrapping

See what you must do as a car owner when your car has reached its end of life and must be scrapped

Register as importer

See how to register as a new importer of vehicles and automotive batteries in the producer register

Annual reporting

Read more about annual reporting of vehicles and automotive batteries

Car breaker reporting - guidelines

See guidelines for car breakers’ reporting of environmental treatment and scrapping of end-of-life vehicles

Car breakers’ reporting

Go to Reporting of environmental treatment of vehicles

Economy and fees

See current fees for products subject to producer responsibility

Legislation relating to vehicles

See the statutory basis for producer responsibility for vehicles and treatment of end-of-life vehicles

Producer responsibility for batteries

Read more about producer responsibility for automotive batteries

Legislation relating to batteries

Find legislation relating to batteries, including automotive batteries

Compliance schemes

See list of compliance schemes in Denmark There is only one such scheme for vehicles

Approved car breakers

Go to list of approved car breakers in Denmark

  • 230,236
    vehicles were sent on the market in 2021
  • 97,657
    vehicles were sent to a car breaker in that same year
  • 92,445
    tonnes of materials from the cars were recycled
  • 173
    environmentally approved car breakers