March 11, 2021: EUROBAT, the European association for manufacturers of
automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries, on March 1
published its full response to the European Commission’s proposal for a
new regulation on batteries and waste batteries in what could be the
most impactful regulation on the industry in recent years.
EUROBAT welcomed much of the proposal, but noted concern that there is a
‘high number of delegated and implementing acts’ in it, which would
have to be put in place in a timeline that EUROBAT queries is long
EUROBAT suggested several ways to streamline parts of it, warning that
some provisions risk creating an administrative burden for the industry,
such as in labelling.
With the environmental provisions it suggested a cautious approach,
saying that because several measures have no precedent, excessive
requirements should not be imposed — and it went on to say that the
timeline should be extended to take into account the different
technologies for a ‘complete battery footprint’.
The recommendations also say certain regulations do not need to be
implemented when existing measures are already in place, such as the
REACH and OSH regulations, which already regulate hazardous substances
such as lead. Duplication is also a concern in labelling and information
systems, EUROBAT says.
“The proposal has a good general approach. It considers all stages of a
battery’s lifetime, from production to use phase and end-of-life
management, and it does so having in mind the interactions between
chemicals management, environmental protection and industrial
competitiveness,” it says.
“Turning the Batteries Directive into a regulation is also welcome by
the battery industry, since it can be a step towards a level playing
field at EU level, reducing differences among national markets.”
EUROBAT says the way the Commission plans to test verify and enforce
its criteria for batteries imported into the EU also needs to be
prioritized, ‘to protect the EU battery industry from unfair competition
and EU citizens from non-compliant products’.
The full response from EUROBAT can be found here.
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