The "Batteries Directive" (planned in 2020) is being rewritten by the EU. Thanks to the European Green Deal that is helping in making batteries sustainable throughout their life cycle. The final rule is anticipated to be formally implemented in 2023. Once the new regulation is formalized, sustainability requirements, recycling, performance and durability will slowly come into inception from 2024. All these will play a key role as EU seeks to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

Battery demand is rising and is expected to expand 14-fold by 2030, primarily due to EVs and renewable energy technologies. Critical raw minerals like cobalt, lithium, and nickel, that are extensively used in batteries come from nations where mining has a severe social impact.

Batteries will now be included in the CE-scheme and will be part of the Declaration of Conformity.

The proposed batteries Regulation will apply to all batteries, except for batteries in equipment for military purposes and space equipment.

Some of the main requirements to be met include:

1. Facilitate repair and end-of-life processing
2. Recycled content
3. Carbon footprint and GHG emissions calculation
4. Battery health data
5. Conformity declarations
6. Safety and hazardous material requirements
7. Battery supply chain due diligence requirements
8. Battery labelling (name of the manufacturer, type of battery, date of manufacture, presence of hazardous substances and other information that facilitates recycling or reuse) imposes from the year 2027.

For some types of batteries, a “battery passport” in the EPREL system (linked via QR code) will be required to ensure traceability.

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