Battery regulations prevent the release of hazardous substances into the environment, reduce waste and ensure the recycling of valuable raw materials. The new EU Draft Batteries Regulation is a long-awaited project launched under the European Battery Alliance, and forms an integral part of the EU’s Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
Batteries are regulated across many different areas, including restrictions on the use of hazardous chemicals, takeback and recycling obligations, marking and labeling requirements, certification, product safety and transportation.
Under the EU Draft Batteries Regulation, the European Commission aims to improve the legislative framework for batteries and move further towards circular economies, sustainability and low-carbon mobility. It will apply to all types of batteries, whether on their own, incorporated into appliances, or supplied with electrical and electronic equipment and vehicles.
Overall this will result in greater environmental protection and more sustainable products, but will also present new obligations and challenges for manufacturers and their supply chains.
This paper will give an overview of the proposed mandatory requirements, including:
- Sustainability and safety
- Labeling and information
- End-of-life management
- Obligations of economic operators
- Electronic exchange of information
Author: Juliana Kecerová, Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Juliana is a Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist with the Global Regulatory Compliance Team. In her role Juliana keeps clients up to date on global regulatory developments, with a particular focus on batteries and water efficiency.
She graduated with a Master’s Degree in British and American Studies at Pavol Jozef Safarik University of Kosice, Slovakia. Juliana is a native Slovak speaker and is fluent in English and Czech, with good competencies in Polish and Hungarian.