New Legislation on Sustainable Circular Batteries

Collection, reuse and recycling of disposable batteries: the new European legislation aims to create a circular economy for batteries This approach wants to cover to cover the entire life cycle of batteries and make it as sustainable as possible: from the choice of raw materials and production, to reuse and recycling.

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The batteries of the future have a smaller carbon footprintCarbon footprint is an indicator that aims to measure an activity’s impact on the environment, and more particularly the greenhouse gas emissions linked to this activity., contain minimal harmful substances and use less raw materials from countries outside of the European Union. Applying the circular principles makes Europe less vulnerable in terms of raw material and energy supply and supports the green transition and the achievement of climate neutrality targets by 2050.

Concrete rules and objectives for an efficient recyclingAny recovery operation through which waste, including organic waste, is reprocessed to become substances, materials or products that can be used for their initial function or other functions. strategy and material reuseReuse designates all operations by which substances, materials or products that are not waste are used again in an identical way to their originally intended purpose. are currently being developed to perpetuate the transition to a more sustainable, circular and safer battery value chain as of 2027.

How do you find out which battery is most suitable for your product?

Thanks to a digital passport with detailed product information, you can make an informed purchasing decision.

The digital passport also makes it possible to reuse or recycle the materials at the end of the lifecycleA product lifecycle takes into account every activity involved in the manufacture, use, transport and disposal of the product. in the most efficient way and maintain the materials in the circular chain.

If you want to learn more about the circular economyThe circular economy is a restorative and regenerative economy. By maintaining the value of the products, materials and resources in the economy through smart product design, repurposing and/or shared use of products, it reduces the extraction of natural resources by using resources already present in the economy., you can read the artical about Circular economy: New law on more sustainable, circular and safe batteries enters into force on the website of the European Commission.

More info

The Federal Council for Sustainable Development organised the conference “For a sustainable battery value chain in Belgium/Europe” on 30 May 2023. You can find the find the presentations of the guest speakers here.

Read more about the new European legislation for batteries.

Read more about the European Green Deal.

Read more about batteries on the webpage of the European Union.