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Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation – in the finish line

The European Parliament, in Plenary sitting, debated, voted and endorsed the deal reached with the Council on the Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation with an overwhelming majority.

Both the EP rapporteur and the European Commissioner for Environment explained that the goal is to improve the current performance and sustainability standards in all kinds of batteries, including the ones imported from outside the EU.

Moreover, MEPs supported the text and welcomed the agreements. They especially highlighted the following topics:

Ø Critical Raw Materials: Batteries need critical materials to be built in. This has a major environmental impact. The EU is not self-sufficient regarding those materials.

Ø EU Single Market: The regulation aims to create a sustainable single market of batteries. It is necessary to reinforce research, and create incentives to increase the EU's innovative production capacity.

Ø Circular economy: It regulates the whole lifecycle, including sustainable design and collection targets, minimum levels of recycled content and materials recovered.

Ø Consumers: The labelling rules and the digital batteries passport will allow them to know what they can expect of the product and understand the consequences of their choices.

What’s next?

The Council will now have to formally endorse the text before its publication in the EU Official Journal shortly after and its entry into force. It shall apply from 6 months after its entry into force with exception of some articles that will apply with another establish timeline.


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