Batteries are to become more sustainable and human rights-friendly in the eu

Batteries are to become more sustainable and human rights-friendly in the EU

Batteries that are sold in the EU should be sustainable, powerful and safe on their entire lifecycle. They are to be produced with a potential environmental impact of materials obtained under full compliance with human rights as well as social and ecological standards. For this, the EU commission wants to ensure and suggests the EU legislation for batteries.

Battery cells, modules and sets are to be produced with clean energy possible and only contain small amounts of dangerous substances. They should be designed energy efficient and for a long life.

High collection rate

Batteries of all kinds, for example, for the industry, in electrical or electric cars, should also be used, recycled or recycled at the end of their lifetime. The current collective ratio of batteries in the household should rise from 45 percent to 65 percent in 2025 and 70 percent in 2030. Industrial, starter or traction batteries must be collected without exception.

In recycling, a high degree of recycling is to be achieved, especially with valuable materials such as cobalt, lithium, nickel and lead, the EU commission sees in its draft regulation. From the 1. July 2024, only rechargeable industrial and traction batteries can be placed on the market, for which an explanation was created for the CO2 fubprint.