EU releases proposals to revise the battery regulation (Directive 2006/66/EC)


The European Union’s Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) was published on September 26, 2006 and has been in force since September 26, 2008. It stipulates that all batteries or accumulators shall not contain more than 0.0005% (5 ppm) of mercury by weight and portable batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances, shall not contain more than 0.002% of cadmium by weight.

Batteries with more than 40 ppm lead, 20 ppm cadmium or 5 ppm mercury must also be marked with the chemical symbol for the metal concerned below the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. The chemical symbol shall cover an area of at least one-quarter the size of the wheeled bin symbol.

The European Commission released a legislative proposal on December 10, 2020 aiming to create a legal framework on the sustainability, traceability and circularity of battery production throughout a product’s life cycle. It is an integral part of the Green Deal, the EU’s new growth strategy. The Regulation shall apply to all types of batteries and lists the four categories of batteries:

Portable batteries

Automotive batteries

Electric vehicle batteries

Industrial batteries

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SGS, 6 April 2021