New EU regulatory framework for batteries: Setting sustainability requirements

Briefing 04-03-2022

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 the European Parliament, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted its report on 10 February 2022. The report is expected to be voted at the March I plenary session, and would constitute Parliament's mandate for interinstitutional negotiations. The French Presidency of the Council aims to reach agreement on a general approach at the Environment Council on 17 March 2022. Third edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.