|Council of the European Union, European Parliament
|Official Journal of the European Union
|L 191, Pages 1-117
|Blog & Commentary, Legislation, News, Policy-making
Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 - adopted by the co-legislators on 12 July 2023 - concerning batteries and waste batteries. It introduces amendments to Directive 2008/98/EC and Regulation (EU) 2019/1020. It also repeals Directive 2006/66/EC. This is a text with EEA relevance.
This Regulation lays down requirements on sustainability, safety, labelling, marking and information to allow the placing on the market or putting into service of batteries within the European Union (EU). It also lays down minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility, the collection and treatment of waste batteries and for reporting. The Act imposes battery due diligence obligations on economic operators placing batteries on the market or putting them into services. It also lays down requirement for green public procurement when procuring batteries or products into which batteries are incorporated.
The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 10 December 2020. Its aim was to modernise the legislative framework for batteries, which was regulated under Directive 2006/66/EC (Batteries Directive). This modernisation was deemed necessary due to changed economic conditions, technological developments, markets, and battery uses. The proposed text built 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 delivered on the actions announced in the New Circular Economy Action Plan. Both the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament had called for action to support the transition to electro-mobility, carbon-neutral energy storage, and a sustainable battery value chain.
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. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 9 December. This was formally endorsed by Parliament on 14 June 2023 and by the Council on 10 July. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 12 July 2023 and published in the Official Journal on 28 July 2023.
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