Ministers agree partial EU cadmium battery ban

Power tools exempt from clampdown on NiCads; industry and environment groups disappointed

EU governments have agreed to introduce a partial ban on cadmium-based rechargeable batteries. Environment ministers agreed the move at a council meeting in Brussels on Monday. ENDS Europe DAILY will cover the outcome of talks on other agenda items tomorrow.

If endorsed by the European Parliament, the cadmium ban would apply to all portable nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries except those used in cordless power tools, medical equipment and emergency and alarm systems. In practice 70% of the portable NiCad market would be exempt. Larger industrial NiCads would also remain untouched by the ban.

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