Proposal for a Regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries, repealing Directive 2006/66/EC and amending Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020

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Series Details COM (2020) 798
Publication Date 10/12/2020
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Summary:

Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 10 December 2020 concerning batteries and waste batteries. It repeals Directive 2006/66/EC and introduces a number of amendments to Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020. This is a text with EEA relevance.

Further information:

This proposal aims to modernise the European Union's legislative framework for batteries, which has been regulated at EU level under Directive 2006/66/EC (Batteries Directive). This modernisation was deemed necessary due to changed economic conditions, technological developments, markets, and battery uses. It also amends Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020 concerning market surveillance and compliance of products.

The objectives are threefold:

  • Strengthening the functioning of the internal market, by ensuring a level playing field through a common set of rules;
  • Promoting a circular economy;
  • Reducing environmental and social impacts through all stages of the battery life cycle.

The draft law builds on commitments and reports adopted by the European Commission, including the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries, the New Industrial Strategy for Europe and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. It also delivers on the actions announced in the New Circular Economy Action Plan. Both the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament also called for action to support the transition to electro-mobility, carbon-neutral energy storage, and a sustainable battery value chain.

The Commission tabled this proposal on 10 December 2020. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a negotiating position on 10 March 2022, followed by the Council of the European Union on 17 March.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:798:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EEB: News, 10/12/2020: Sustainable batteries: Revised EU laws can pave way for greener transport https://eeb.org/sustainable-batteries-revised-eu-laws-can-pave-way-for-greener-transport/
EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: New EU regulatory framework for batteries: Setting sustainability requirements https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2021)689337
European Environmental Bureau: News, 17/03/2021: EU governments kick off talks on sustainable batteries https://eeb.org/eu-governments-kick-off-talks-on-sustainable-batteries/
IEEP: News, 09/04/2021: IEEP’s response to the European Commission's public consultation on the Batteries Directive https://ieep.eu/news/ieep-s-response-to-the-european-commission-s-public-consultation-on-the-batteries-directive
EPRS: Briefing, May 2021: Updating the EU regulatory framework for batteries - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2021)662628
Transport & Environment: Opinion, 02/06/2021: The EU’s proposed new standards for sustainable batteries are an opportunity to move away from destructive mining https://www.transportenvironment.org/discover/the-eus-proposed-new-standards-for-sustainable-batteries-are-an-opportunity-to-move-away-from-destructive-mining/
EPRS: Briefing, July 2021: New EU regulatory framework for batteries: Setting sustainability requirements https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document/EPRS_BRI(2021)689337
ACEA: Publications, 06/10/2021: Position paper – EU Batteries Regulation: main automotive priorities https://www.acea.auto/publication/position-paper-eu-batteries-regulation/
Digital Europe: Policy Paper, 25/10/2021: DIGITALEUROPE's position paper on the proposed Batteries Regulation https://www.digitaleurope.org/resources/digitaleuropes-position-paper-on-the-proposed-batteries-regulation/

News
EurActiv, 10/12/2020: EU seeks competitive edge from green batteries https://www.euractiv.com/section/batteries/news/eu-seeks-competitive-edge-from-green-batteries/
Euronews, 10/12/2020: EU proposes stricter regulations on batteries to reach climate targets https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/10/eu-proposes-stricter-regulations-on-batteries-to-reach-climate-targets
Euronews, 19/03/2021: Recycling batteries key to EU's electric car drive, says minister https://www.euronews.com/2021/03/19/recycling-batteries-key-to-eu-s-electric-car-drive-says-minister
Deutsche Welle, 18/06/2021: Battery recycling gains speed as new EU regulation pushes investment https://p.dw.com/p/3v54S
EurActiv, 23/02/2022: France to speed up adoption of battery regulation https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/france-to-speed-up-adoption-of-battery-regulation/

Official
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)334: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:334:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)335: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:335:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Batteries and waste batteries (2020/0353(COD)) https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2020/0353(COD)
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: New Batteries Regulation https://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-a-european-green-deal/file-revision-of-the-eu-battery-directive-(refit)
European Commission: DG Environment: Batteries https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/batteries/
European Commission: Public Consultations: Batteries - modernising EU rules https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12399-Batteries-modernising-EU-rules_en
European Commission: Press Release, 10/12/2020: Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2312
European Commission: Questions and Answers on Sustainable Batteries Regulation (10 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_2311
European Commission: Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the Press conference on sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU (10 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_2378
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Sinkevičius on the Green Deal - Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy (10 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_2380
European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Breton at the Press conference on sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU (10 December 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_2382
UK Parliament: European Scrutiny Committee: News, 20/04/2021: European electric car battery rules could impact UK markets, investment https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/69/european-scrutiny-committee/news/154027/european-electric-car-battery-rules-could-impact-uk-markets-investment/
European Parliament: Press Release, 10/02/2022: MEPs want to strengthen new EU rules for design, production and disposal of batteries https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20220202IPR22435/
European Parliament: Press Release, 10/03/2022: New rules on batteries: MEPs want more environmental and social ambition https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20220304IPR24805/
Council of the European Union: Press Release,17/03/2022: Sustainable batteries: member states ready to start negotiations with Parliament https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/03/17/sustainable-batteries-member-states-ready-to-start-negotiations-with-parliament/

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