Members' Research Service By / February 23, 2021

New EU regulatory framework for batteries: Setting sustainability requirements [EU Legislation in Progress]

Given the important role they play in the rollout of zero-emission mobility and the storage of intermittent renewable energy, batteries are a crucial element in the EU’s transition to a climate neutral economy.

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Written by Vivienne Halleux (2nd edition, updated on 13.7.2021),

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Given the important role they play in the roll-out of zero-emission mobility and the storage of intermittent renewable energy, batteries are a crucial element in the EU’s transition to a climate neutral economy. The proposal presented by the European Commission is designed to modernise the EU’s regulatory framework for batteries in order to secure the sustainability and competitiveness of battery value chains. It would introduce mandatory requirements on sustainability (such as carbon footprint rules, minimum recycled content, performance and durability criteria), safety and labelling for the marketing and putting into service of batteries, and requirements for end-of-life management. The proposal also includes due diligence obligations for economic operators as regards the sourcing of raw materials.

In Parliament, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, responsible for the file, is expected to consider its rapporteur’s draft report at a meeting in October 2021. In Council, ministers took stock of the progress made on the file at the June Environment Council. The Slovenian Presidency of the Council aims to reach agreement on a general approach.

Complete version

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council concerning batteries and waste batteries, repealing Directive 2006/66/EC and amending Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) COM(2020) 798
10.12.2020
Rapporteur: Simona Bonafè (S&D, Italy) 2020/0353(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Jessica Polfjärd (EPP, Sweden)
Karin Karlsbro (Renew Europe, Sweden)
Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Sylvia Limmer (ID, Germany)
Alexandr Vondra (ECR, Czechia)
Silvia Modig (The Left, Finland)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

Stage: EESC


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