EU | Automotive Regulatory
Proposal for a new EU Battery Regulation
EU proposed a draft Regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries, repealing the existing Battery Directive 2006/66/EC
The European Commission published a 130-pages long draft of a new Regulation on batteries which is supposed to repeal the Directive 2006/66/EC and amend Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020. This regulatory initiative is an integral part of the EU’s Green Deal and its attempts at a clean energy transition. It is aimed, among others, at making the Europe’s automotive sector curb its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
The draft Regulation concerns sustainability, safety, labelling and information requirements for the placing on the Union market of batteries as well as due diligence requirements for economic operators and requirements for the end-of-life treatment of waste batteries.
The product requirements concern specifically:
- restrictions of hazardous substances (all batteries)
- maximum level of carbon footprint over the life cycle (electric vehicle and industrial batteries)
- minimum level of recycled cobalt, lead, lithium and nickel (automotive, electric vehicle and industrial batteries)
- performance and durability (portable, electric vehicle and industrial batteries)
- removability and replaceability (portable batteries)
- safety (stationary battery energy storage systems)
- labelling (all batteries)
- information on the state of health and expected lifetime (electric vehicle and industrial batteries)
- battery passport (electric vehicle and industrial batteries)
The regulation further contains a requirement for the economic operators that place electric vehicle and industrial batteries on the EU market to establish supply chain due diligence policies with regard to the sourcing of cobalt, natural graphite, lithium and nickel, and chemical compounds based on these necessary for the manufacturing of the active materials of batteries. The requirements for the end-of-life management of batteries include: registration by producers, extended producer responsibility, collection of waste batteries, requirements related to treatment, recycling, repurposing and remanufacturing, providing end-of-life information, and reporting to competent authorities.
It is planned that the Regulation will start to apply from 1 January 2022.
To find out more about the detailed provisions of the regulation, do not hesitate to contact the EFS Product Compliance Team.