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New EU rules for more sustainable and ethical batteries


As batteries become a strategic market, the European Parliament is working on new rules to tackle related environmental, ethical and social issues.

At least 30 million zero-emission electric vehicles are forecast to be on EU roads by 2030. While electric cars are expected to significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions, they have an environmentally damaging downside: their batteries.

The European Parliament has been working on an update of the EU's battery directive to ensure that batteries can be repurposed, remanufactured or recycled at the end of their life.

In a report adopted on 10 March, Parliament said new rules should cover the entire product life cycle, from design to consumption and all the way to recycling into new products. The proposal is linked to the EU’s circular economy action plan and the EU's industrial strategy.

On 9 December, Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement to overhaul the rules on batteries to take into account technological developments and future challenges. Once formally approved by both institutions the new rules will enter directly into force.

This should make batteries more sustainable, performant and durable.

Source: European Parliament

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