The European Commission has announced its intention to revise the EU Batteries Directive and create a new regulatory framework for batteries, with a view to providing Europe with an effective battery value chain to achieve the ambitious EU climate change, circularity and clean transport targets.
The revision of the directive will affect production as well as end-of-life management. To be effective and avoid unintended negative consequences, it is important that all stakeholders, including producers and recyclers, contribute to the revision process.
Industry wants the new regulatory framework to consider elements such as: raw materials in emerging battery technologies; a science and risk-based approach as the basis for decision making; collection targets; second life and reuse of batteries; recycling processes and efficiencies; assessing batteries footprint; responsible sourcing; labelling requirements.
The existing EU Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) currently falls under the joint responsibility of DG Environment and DG GROW. With the growing importance of batteries to achieve green and sustainable mobility, DG ENV and DG GROW will need to maintain their respective roles to ensure that the revision of the legislation will not result in market and trade distortions.
In this EURACTIV Virtual Conference it was discussed how the revision of the EU Batteries Directive can achieve the creation of an effective battery value-chain contributing to the ambitious EU climate change, circularity and clean transport targets. And can it at the same time, ensure Europe’s competitiveness in batteries at a global level?
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Can sustainable industries in Europe be globally competitive? The case of batteries
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