RoHS Directive

RoHS stands for ‘Restriction of Hazardous Substances’. RoHS banned the usage of 6 hazardous materials namely Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium, PBB, PBD. RoHS banned these 6 materials for new electronics designs. So RoHS is considerable during the design & manufacturing stages of all electronic equipment.

WEEE Directive

WEEE stands for ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, is a directive that encourages reusability and recycling of waste electronic equipment and reduces the landfills of e-waste. WEEE is considerable at the end of life of any electronic equipment, not during the design and manufacturing stages.

ELV (End of Life Vehicle) Directive

ELV (End of Life Vehicle) is a directive that takes care both at the time of design stage, and at the end of life stage of automotives. ELV directive banned the usage of only 4 hazardous materials namely Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium. Also ELV directive encourages reusability and recycling of waste electronic equipment and reduces the landfills of e-waste. I can say, the ELV directive is almost the combination of RoHS and WEEE directives, but ELV directive is intended for only automotives. ELV directive is applicable to all parts of vehicles whereas the RoHS and WEEE directives are applicable to only electrical and electronics equipment.