Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 concerning batteries and waste batteries (“Battery Regulation“) was published on 28 July. It replaces the existing Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) to ensure that all batteries placed on the EU market are durable, safe, sustainable, and efficient. It builds on the extended producer responsibility (EPR) regime created by the existing Directive and introduces stringent rules for design, content and conformity assessment requirements to ensure sustainability and circularity of batteries.
From August 2025, new mandatory supply chain due diligence requirements will be introduced to address the social and environmental risks related to extraction, processing and trading of certain raw materials and secondary raw materials used in battery manufacturing.
This new regulation is a key initiative of the European Green Deal and is the first Circular Economy Action Plan legislation covering the entire life-cycle of a product to be adopted.