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On the 10th of December 2020, the European Commission published the EU Battery Regulation Proposal. This proposal aims to substitute and build on the current EU Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) by incorporating the latest developments in the battery industry, with a special focus on sustainability, quality, and circularity. In this article, we provide key insights on how this proposal differs from the current directive and some of the main requirements for economic operators in this area.
There is no doubt that over the past years the battery industry has boomed. With the introduction of lithium batteries back in 1990, as part of portable electronics and household items, batteries today are very much ubiquitous and embedded into our everyday life.
The innovations in the sector have skyrocketed, with data showing that between 2005 and 2018, batteries accounted for around 88% of all patenting activities in the electricity storage field. With a focus on increasing durability, density, while being compact, batteries are now used in a variety of sectors, being a crucial element in the transition from fossil fuels dependence to clean energy, and driving the electro-mobility era.
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