09 Jul EGMF comments on the modernisation of EU battery rules
As an industry close to nature, the garden machinery industry supports the European Commission’s objective to develop more sustainable batteries in Europe. In view of decarbonising the garden and outdoor power equipment industry and technical improvements, a broad range of EGMF products are battery powered. In the context of the upcoming update of EU legislation on batteries, EGMF has provided comments to the public consultation on the modernisation of EU Battery Rules.
Our comments focus on a few key issues which we would like to see considered in the upcoming legislation including:
• Support for the existing battery classification, while noting the need to further define the categories.
• Noting the need to update the existing calculation targets methodology to consider batteries available for recycling instead of batteries placed on the market
• Substance restrictions should be addressed under REACH Regulation
• Information on existing standards in our industry to provide waste treatment operators and recyclers relevant information
• Support for measures to address single-use batteries, but noting the need to differentiate with those designed to have long lifetimes (such as in circuit boards)
• Caution against introducing requirements on mandatory minimum recycled content due to technical and safety concerns
• Note that sustainability requirements should not hamper European batteries competitiveness
For more information see our full position here .