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Proposal for a New Regulation on Batteries – New Feedback period
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EU – Ares(2020)2777034 -Proposal for a New Regulation on Batteries
Proposal for a new Regulation - New Feedback Period
The existing EU Batteries Directive dates back to 2006 (Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) and is no longer up-to-date.
New socio-economic conditions, technological developments, markets, and battery uses have emerged and the environmental challenges they pose have to be met with a new ambition. Global demand for batteries is set to increase 14 fold by 2030 and the EU could account for 17% of that demand.
In view of the strategic importance of batteries and to minimize their adverse environmental effects, on December 10th 2020, the European Commission to modernize EU legislation on batteries proposed a new regulatory framework for batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.
The aim of the proposed Regulation is that batteries placed on the EU market are sustainable, circular, high-performing and safe all along their entire life cycle. For this, the proposal establishes specific requirements at each stage of the battery value chain.
It should be noted, that the proposal establishes in the last step a clear framework for the repurposing of industrial and electric-vehicle batteries for a second life (e.g. facilitating that the used electric vehicle battery can still be used for stationary energy storage).
With this proposal, the Commission also aims to boost the circular economy of the battery value chains and promote more efficient use of resources with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact of batteries.
From 1 July 2024, only rechargeable industrial and electric vehicles batteries for which a carbon footprint declaration has been established, can be placed on the market.
With its new battery sustainability standards, the Commission will also promote globally the green transition and establish a blueprint for further initiatives under its sustainable product policy.
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