Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers

Today, the European Parliament adopted the Circular Economy Package, including a report to amend the End-of-Life Vehicles, the Battery as well as the WEEE Directives.[1] As part of the adopted Directives, the European Commission is tasked to review the End-of-Life Vehicles and the Battery Directives by 31 December 2020 in the context of the European Union's commitment to making the transition towards a circular economy.

"The revisions of the Battery Directive and the End-of-Life Vehicles Directives should be used to clarify the legal framework for batteries that are currently regulated by several pieces of EU legislation. The objective must be to improve the regulatory level-playing field for all battery technologies. Such overall regulatory framework will provide business certainty for EU battery manufacturers, create new opportunities for all battery technologies and deliver jobs, growth and innovation in Europe. At the same time, our industry speaks out against the banning of battery technologies through EU legislation. It should be left to the markets to decide which battery technology to use.", comments Rene Schroeder, EUROBAT Executive Director.

Batteries fulfill important functions in multiple automotive and industrial applications, and there are currently four main electrochemical systems used for batteries (lead, sodium, nickel, lithium). Automotive batteries are used in all types of vehicles (internal combustion engine, hybrid and electric vehicles). Industrial batteries are essential in a number of areas as a source of back-up power, contributing to the effective functioning of communications, IT, production & distribution of renewable energy, safety of power plants, oil and gas networks and for the storage of data in uninterruptible power supply as well as other industrial systems.

[1] Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment.

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About EUROBAT:

EUROBAT is the association for the European manufacturers of automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has more than 50 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the automotive and industrial battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility and renewable energy storage.