EU countries give final greenlight to new battery production rules

(EurActiv, 11 Jul 2023) The EU battery regulation cleared the final hurdle in its legislative journey on Monday (10 July), as member states voted to adopt new rules aimed at making batteries produced in the EU more sustainable and competitive.

First tabled in December 2020, the regulation covers the entire lifecycle of batteries, from the mining of raw materials to recycling, with the goal of ensuring EU-produced batteries are the world’s greenest. It replaces the now obsolete battery directive from 2006.

The agreement comes amid a surge in battery production and gigafactories globally, as demand for electric vehicles skyrockets. According to EU estimates, global demand for batteries is set to increase 14-fold by 2030, with the EU expected to account for 17% of that demand.

The law was overwhelmingly supported by EU member states, with only Bulgaria and Slovenia abstaining.

The revised battery regulation is intended to bolster the bloc’s fledgling battery market, as Europe looks to compete with the battery giants of Asia and the United States.

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