EU Batteries Regulation
Information for manufacturers
The new EU Batteries Regulation (BattVO) includes various requirements for sustainable and resource-saving design of batteries, ambitious and extensive information obligations to users and various aspects of battery safety.
The Batteries Regulation repeals Directive 2006/66/EC and amends or adapts Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.
The Commission basically wants the Batteries Regulation to modernise the EU regulatory framework for batteries and waste batteries in response to increased demand for battery development and manufacturing.
New EU Battery Regulation adopted
As reported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the EU Council of Ministers finally adopted the new EU Battery Regulation on 10 July 2023. With the decision in the General Affairs Council of the European Union, the EU Member States have approved the amendments proposed by the European Parliament with regard to the new EU Battery Regulation. This concludes the legislative procedure at EU level.
On 28.07.2023, the regulation was published in the Official Journal of the EU and will formally enter into force 20 days later, i.e. on 17.08.2023. With a deadline of 6 months, implementation will take place as of 18.02.2024; in some cases, significantly longer transition periods apply.
The new regulations of the EU Batteries Regulation are related to the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy ("Green Deal") and the EU Industrial Strategy. The regulation includes battery design and technical developments as well as future challenges in the battery segment and thus covers the entire life cycle from production to information to the end of life of batteries.
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The most important measures in the EU Battery Regulation:
- Subdivision of battery types into portable batteries, batteries for light transport, batteries for electric vehicles, industrial batteries and starter batteries
- Introduction of a digital battery passport and mandatory declaration on CO2 footprint and corresponding labelling for:
- Electric vehicle batteries
- Batteries for light transport such as electric bicycles or scooters
- Rechargeable industrial batteries with a capacity of > 2 kWh
- Portable batteries must be easily removable and replaceable by consumers themselves from electrical appliances; in the case of LV batteries, this must be possible by independent professionals at any time during the life of the product
- A due diligence strategy for all economic operators (turnover > 40 million euros; exception: SMEs)
- Stricter targets for the collection of spent batteries: for portable batteries 45% by 2023 (63% by 2027, 73% by 2030). For light transport batteries, a quota of 51% by 2028 and 61% by 2031 is envisaged
- New recycling targets for spent batteries: Lithium 50% by 2027 (80% by 2031); Cobalt, Copper, Lead and Nickel 90% by 2027 (95% by 2031)
- New targets for minimum amount of recycled content for use in new batteries (from waste from battery production and consumers)
- From 18.08.2031: 16% for cobalt, 85% for lead, 6% for lithium and 6% for nickel
- From 18.08.2036: 26% for cobalt, 85% for lead, 12% for lithium and 15% for nickel
- Manufacturers are required to appoint an Extended Producer Responsibility Authorised Representative in each country where they do not have a registered office.