EU moves to ban ‘unsustainable’ batteries by 2027

Within seven years, all rechargeable batteries marketed in Europe could have to comply with strict standards on carbon footprint, recyclability and ethical sourcing of raw materials, but green groups say new proposals set the bar too low on lithium recycling requirements.

by Robert Hodgson
A rechargeable lithium-ion battery for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car in Zwickau, Germany, in February 2020. Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP / Getty Images
A rechargeable lithium-ion battery for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car in Zwickau, Germany, in February 2020. Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP / Getty Images

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