Circular economy: MEPs call for strengthening EU batteries regulations

On Thursday 10 February, the members of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted a report on the proposal for a regulation on batteries and waste batteries.

This proposition defines a set of rules to govern the entire battery product life cycle, from design to disposal of batteries. MEPs also proposed introducing a new category of batteries: “batteries for ‘light means of transport’ (LMT)’ (e.g., batteries in e-bikes). Amongst others, MEPs call for:

  • producing more sustainable batteries with minimum levels of raw materials;
  • designing easy removal and replacement systems for consumers and introducing common charger standards;
  • implementing global value chain standards;
  • increasing the batteries waste management target to 70% by 2025.

This report was presented by MEP Simona Bonafè, the rapporteur. As a reminder, MEP Bonafè presented the new EU Sustainable Batteries Regulation during the EuChemS policy workshop on the lithium element, held on 1 December 2021. You can watch her intervention on the EuChemS YouTube channel.

We invite you to read the press release here.

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