EU must embrace green battery revolution, says green group

The European Commission must make it a priority to introduce new rules on the manufacturing, reuse and recycling of batteries, and on improving the sustainability of sourcing raw materials, Transport & Environment (T&E) has said.

In a new briefing, the green transport group has said that the EU’s current policy framework is “completely outdated” because it was put in place before the rise of electric vehicles. 

The EU executive, which is currently reviewing its rules on batteries, must set targets for 90% of battery waste to be recycled as well as remove barriers to reuse batteries in innovative ways, the briefing states. 

That should include clarifying definitions of waste and raw materials to enable easier recycling, setting up a digital tracking and identification system for individual cells and creating a ‘battery passport’ providing standardised data on battery parameters and usage data.

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