BEUC | More sustainable batteries
From smartphones and toothbrushes to laptops and e-scooters, batteries are present in
many consumer products. With the uptake of battery electric vehicles or batteries to store
energy at home, we are set to increasingly depend on them in the 21st century. For
batteries to successfully power the green transition, risks to consumers and the planet also
need to be minimised, such as manufacturing emissions or safety risks.
Batteries, therefore, need to be more sustainable by design. For consumers, this means
batteries should first of all be safe, as well as longer lasting, removable, replaceable,
reusable and recyclable. The European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on Batteries
is a key opportunity to achieve these objectives.
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