Proposed new EU rules for batteries

A macro shot of a normal AA type battery cell on the + / Cathode side.
Photographer: Mika Baumeister | Source: Unsplash

The European Commission published a draft regulation to set out new rules for batteries to repeal and replace the existing Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC). The current rules in the Batteries Directive largely address the end-of-life stage of batteries. The proposed new rules seek to introduce requirements that cover the full lifecycle of batteries, from design and production to reuse and recycling; it would include requirements that batteries must comply with in order to be placed on the EU market covering aspects of safety, sustainability, electrochemical performance and durability, labelling and information requirements (including a requirement to relay certain information via the use of QR codes) and CE marking. There are also end-of-life requirements for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries. Feedback on the draft regulation is open until 1 March 2021.

If the draft Regulation is adopted in its current form, it shall apply to all batteries, namely portable batteries, automotive batteries, electric vehicle batteries and industrial batteries, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, design, material composition, use or purpose. It shall also apply to batteries incorporated in or added to other products.

Read the draft Battery Regulation and the considerations of the European Commission here.

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