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Charging up for the new EU Battery Regulation Proposal

Building on the EU Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) — how to prepare your business for the upcoming regulation.

The EU Battery Directive (2006/66/EC).

The EU Battery Directive (2006/66/EC), introduced in 2006, is the latest regulation in place — and has been regularly updated in the years that followed. It applies to the traditional battery types such as portable, automotive, and industrial, and focuses on minimising the impact of waste batteries on the environment.

Moving forward with the new EU Battery Regulation Proposal.

On the 10th of December 2020, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council, concerning batteries and waste batteries. The proposal is seen as a modernised legislation aimed to substitute the previous Battery Directive (2006/66/EC), and amend Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020. The expected date of entry into force is January 1st 2022, however, an official decision has not yet been announced by the European Parliament and EU Council.

New EU Battery Regulation requirements.

  1. Incentivising battery production within EU borders by setting a common set of rules,
  2. Sorting recycling inefficiencies and promoting circular economy,
  3. Tackling sustainability and safety to minimize the negative environmental and social impacts associated with the battery life cycle.
Timeline of the new EU Battery Regulation Proposal
Timeline of the new EU Battery Regulation Proposal

The Electronic Exchange System (EES).

The Electronic Exchange System (EES), or Battery Dataspace, is an online repository listing all battery manufacturers and their battery types placed on the market, including detailed information. The aim is to provide better traceability through the digitalization of data and make certain details available to the public and institutions, with the end goal of aiding decision-making at each step of the battery supply chain. It is envisaged as a system where more general information such as battery manufacturing details, composition, and certain parameters are available to the public, while more sensitive and technical information relating to the nature of the manufacturing or battery testing and safety details are made available only to relevant institutions.

The Battery Passport.

On the other hand, a Battery Passport resembles a digital ID that’s unique to each battery. It is seen as a step forward in the development of secondary battery markets for recycling and reuse, as well as providing visibility in the responsible sourcing and sustainability practices along the supply chain. This should help various stakeholders, including recyclers and end-users, to better plan their workload and purchasing decisions.

QR Code that links to a Minespider Battery Passport

Who is affected by the new EU Battery Regulation proposal.

The EU Battery Regulation Proposal applies to all batteries placed on the EU market, no matter the country of origin.

Feedback and concerns

A public consultation round was held between the 10th of December 2020 and the 1st of March 2021 and resulted in feedback from 135 different stakeholders. Most of the feedback focused on the clarity of the proposal in terms of; 1) more precise definitions; 2) careful elaboration of methodologies; 3) re-evaluating targets and; 4) ensuring regulations are not duplicated. A more detailed view of the feedback and concerns this proposal has received are presented in the chart below.

Battery Regulations in the rest of the world.

The new EU Battery Regulation Proposal is considered to be a first of its kind globally, in terms of its broad scope. Yet other countries, predominantly battery manufacturing economies such as China, have already put some measures in place.

Preparing for the new regulations.

Batteries play an important role in our lives. On an individual level, most of us probably have an average of 6–10 devices using batteries in our everyday activities. On an industrial level, the projected growth and accelerated development make it very clear that all stakeholders need to be able to make more informed decisions.

Interested in how to best get your company ready for the new EU Battery Regulation? Our expert team is always happy to discuss and help you start preparing to communicate your data along your supply chains. Get in touch here

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