The New EU Batteries Regulation: introducing enhanced sustainability, recycling and safety requirements.
EU Batteries Regulation 2023/1542, which was approved by the EU in July 2023 to create a harmonised legislation for the sustainability and safety of batteries. The regulation introduces new battery categories, including portable, industrial, automotive, electric vehicle (EV), and light means of transport (LMT) batteries, each with specific requirements and regulations.
Manufacturers will be required to affix the CE marking to batteries before placing them on the market or putting them into service, starting from 18th August 2024. The CE marking indicates compliance with EU safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. Notified bodies may be involved in granting the CE marking for certain types of batteries.
From 18th February 2027, LMT, EV, and industrial batteries with a capacity greater than 2 kWh must be electronically registered with a battery passport carrying an identification QR code and CE marking. This passport will include information specific to the batteries and their sustainability requirements, providing data on battery handling instructions and state of health to recycling operators and repurposing efforts.
The regulation includes provisions for calculating the carbon footprint of batteries and setting recycled content targets for various elements (cobalt, lead, lithium, nickel.) These requirements will start to apply from 18th August 2024. The regulation mandates that portable batteries must be easily removable and replaceable.
Fairfield (Part of the Celltech Group) hope this helps!