In December 2022, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the revised battery regulation to make all batteries placed on the EU market more sustainable. On 10 July 2023, the EU Council announced its adoption of the new battery regulation, which will replace the EU Battery Directive 2006. The new regulation will enter into force 20 days after the publishment of the EU’s Official Journal, likely within the next few months.
The new regulation covers mandatory sustainability criteria in all aspects of the battery lifecycle including recycling and applies to all types of batteries: portable batteries, SLI batteries (supplying power for starting, lighting or ignition of vehicles), EV batteries and industrial batteries and light means of transport (LMT) batteries such as electric scooters and bikes. The sustainability requirements for end-of-life (EoL) batteries include targets for collection, minimum level of recovered contents and recovery rates, and extended producer responsibility, etc.
Below are the measures addressed in the new Battery Regulation…
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