On 10 December 2020, the European Commission announced in a press release its proposition to modernise EU legislation on batteries. With new mandatory requirements for all batteries placed on the EU market, the European Commission would like to establish a sustainable batteries value chain in the EU by restricting the use of hazardous substances. Furthermore, these new measures will also focus on recycling targets to prevent the waste of critical raw materials used in batteries.
These stricter environmental measures are part of the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal. Reducing the environmental impact of batteries is one step towards climate neutrality in 2050.
Read the press release of the European Commission here.