The background of RECHARGE activities
RECHARGE was founded in 1998, and is operating in its current structure since 2005. Since that time, it has been involved in numerous activities, representing the interests of the Advanced Rechargeable Battery Industry in Europe.
International Transport Regulation – UN Sub committee for the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
- Contributed to the classification of Ni-MH batteries as Dangerous Goods. Obtain the limitation of the application scope to the Maritime mode (2008-2009).
- Contributed to the 5th revision of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria on the Chapter 38.3 on Lithium batteries (2009-2010).
- Submitted Working Documents with PRBA on the Transport of Waste Lithium Batteries. Organisation of a workshop on February 14, 2012 on this specific issue with Members and Recyclers (2011). Adopted in UN session dec. 2012.
- Submitted Working Documents with PRBA on the Transport of Damaged and Defective Lithium Batteries (2011). Organisation of a workshop on February 21&22, 2012 on this specific issue with Members and Recyclers. Adopted in UN session dec. 2012
- Recharge is deploying a global strategy for Safety communication, including general information, Best Practice guidance, and dedicated information for professionals.
- RECHARGE has open with the European Recyclers Association a working group on safety issues linked to the packaging, transport and storage of Lithium batteries. A dedicated Web site has also been open.
- Capacity Labelling of Rechargeable Batteries (Portable) : the Regulation contains all requirements formulated by RECHARGE on the marking of the rated capacity of these batteries. Contribution to the stakeholder meetings and informal meetings with the Commission.
- Review of Article 4 § 3 of the Batteries. Recharge has taken an active part in the negociation between Commission, Parliament and Council. The final text proposed for vote integrates a good proportion of the Recharge proposals. .
- Leadership of the Battery industry action on the preparation of the Recycling Efficiency Calculation Methodology prepared by the EU Commission. Contribution to the stakeholder meetings and informal meetings with the Commission.
- RECHARGE is offering to his Members a list of contacts by Collection and Recycling Organizations for spent batteries in Member States.
- RECHARGE obtained the classification of batteries as „Articles“ under REACH and not as chemicals in a container. Consequence : batteries are only subject to the light duty of Article 7 § 2 of REACH (Notification when they contain substances of Very High concern placed on the authorization list).
Energy Using Products
- RECHARGE has organised stakeholder workshops on batteries and battery chargers with BIO Intelligence to better define the contribution of rechargeable batteries to the overall EU electrical energy consumption and better focus on priorities. (2006-2007)
- Recharge is participating to the workshop UP 27: Un-interrupted Power Supply
- A report has been issued on the role of batteries as energy storage technologies.
- Advanced Batteries as Energy Storage Systems : An essential technology for a Sustainable Energy Policy.
- A report has been issued on the role of batteries in a resource and Energy Efficient Society: ADVANCED RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES A Sustainable Technology for an Energy & Resource-Efficient Society
Raw Materials Initiative
- RECHARGE has contributed to the Commission’s Report on the Raw materials Initiative by proposing a Case Studies on the use of critical materials in Batteries : Ni, Co, Li and RE. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/raw-materials/files/docs/report-b_en.pdf
- RECHARGE always support the removeability clause for the selective separation of batteries from WEEE, either by end user or by professionals.
Waste Framework Directive.
- RECHARGE participated to the Stakeholder consultation on the harmonization of Waste Directives: a revision is in preparation by the EU Commission.
- Yearly evaluation of the Quantity of Rechargeable Batteries processed for recycling ((Portable and Industrial). See “Knowledge base > market and knowledge base> collection”
- Recharge Members organize the annual Battery Collection Day within the European Parliament. This reinforces the importance of battery collection to the decision makers and has proven very successful as collected waste battery quantities increase on a year by year basis.”