Industry Reaction to the new Batteries Directive
“Today’s proposal for modernized EU rules for batteries represents the next milestone in delivering on the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries. It puts European policymakers in the unique position to now translate the EU’s vision for sustainable, innovative and competitive batteries “made in Europe” into a meaningful legislative framework that will close the gaps in existing legislation and can level the playing field with international actors”, said Claude Chanson, RECHARGE General Manager on the long-awaited Commission proposal for a Batteries Regulation.
For years, RECHARGE has advocated a batteries framework capable of supporting the increasing role of batteries in a decarbonized economy and has called for adding requirements on the carbon footprint and social responsibility to the existing battery rules. Batteries were one of the first products to have been regulated on a lifecycle basis, from chemicals management and product safety to transport and recycling. “Due diligence and carbon intensity were clearly missing in this comprehensive framework so far, undermining the efforts of European actors”, explained Patrick de Metz, RECHARGE President. “A carbon footprint and due diligence measure have the potential to not only prevent underperforming batteries from entering the EU market but to work on product-level on the EU’s climate-neutrality and sustainability objectives”.
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