September 9, 2021: EUROBAT announced today proposals for what it regards as general guidelines on the Batteries Regulation discussions.
At the end of last year, the European Commission published the long-awaited Batteries Regulation, with the objective to ensure that batteries placed on the EU market are sustainable and safe throughout their entire life cycle, and ultimately to promote the production of green, sustainable batteries in Europe.
Now, almost a year later, EUROBAT says it has distilled five general issues with this proposal, to be considered for the next steps of the negotiations. Discussions between the Council and the European Parliament are unlikely to be finalized before the second half of 2022, reflecting the complexity of a very technical proposal.
EUROBAT lists these issues here:
|• Develop appropriate definitions and assign responsibilities clearly. In particular definitions should unambiguously differentiate battery types and clarify the difference between battery cell, battery module and battery as a finished product
• Avoid overlaps with horizontal measures. Chemicals management: refrain from introducing a new parallel process to regulate chemicals used in batteries in Art. 6, address shortcomings of REACH in the REACH revision. Standardization: refrain from creating separate regimes for battery-related standards, address shortcomings of standardization in the revision of the Standardization Regulation
• Decisions should be based on solid methodologies and robust impact assessments. Measures to optimize recycled content should be based on solid methodologies and robust impact assessments. Track the use of recycled materials at company level across all battery products by providing one annual aggregated value
• Respect the diversity of battery technologies and applications. This also means to apply performance and durability requirements to electric vehicle batteries and stationary energy storage batteries
• Adopt reasonable timelines and transition periods. A general transition period of 24 months for the entire Regulation should be foreseen. 24 to 36 months should be granted between the adoption of secondary legislation and their entry into force. These should also include a grandfather clause to avoid waste of resources.