Environment & Energy Report

EU Prepares for Battery Sustainability Law

June 14, 2019, 5:01 PM

Battery manufacturers in the European Union could face tighter requirements on recycling, recovering critical materials, and tracking batteries throughout their life cycles, according to the bloc’s executive arm.

A proposed draft EU law on battery sustainability, planned for later this year, could include rules on the recovery of cobalt, nickel, and other valuable minerals from batteries and on a monitoring system to aid recycling, according to a consultation the European Commission released June 14.

The aim of the sustainability law would be to minimize the negative environmental impacts of high-performance battery cells and battery modules and packs...

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