Pendulum swings again on EU NiCad battery ban

Latest council presidency proposal would exempt key power tool sector from prohibition

Makers of power tools could be exempt from a likely EU-wide ban on nickel-cadmium (NiCad) rechargeable batteries, the latest compromise proposal to revise the EU batteries directive suggests. According to some estimates this would save up to 70% of the NiCad market from the threat of phase-out.

A version of the draft directive tabled by the Dutch presidency on Monday is being debated by EU diplomats. Ministers are due to agree the law on 20 December. The new text would ban cadmium in all batteries except cordless power tools, medical equipment and emergency and alarm systems.

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