To complement our policy work and help ensure a sustainable development of the battery industry, RECHARGE actively contributes to the development of best practice guidance, promotes product stewardship across the entire lifecycle of a battery, and seeks to act as a thought leader in social, environmental and technical matters.  

Discover some of our activities here:

Product Environmental Footprint 

RECHARGE was selected by the European Commission to establish the environmental footprint of rechargeable batteries, based on their new Product Environmental Footprint methodology. The project aims at establishing key environmental indicators for a series of products, including rechargeable batteries.

Read our findings and policy recommendations here.

Social Responsibility 

Representing a truly responsible battery value chain, it is one of our key priorities to ensure the sustainable development of the European battery industry. High-impact end-of-life management, a long-term supply strategy, safe manufacturing, transport and use of batteries as well as resource and energy-efficient processes and technologies are part of our industry vision. But the true focus must be on improving quality of life – for everybody, everywhere.

RECHARGE hence advocates a holistic approach to social responsibility, combining the multifold efforts of legislators and industry.

As an industry, we adhere to the high standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO), support the deployment of EU’ trade policies such as the EU Generalized System of Preference and the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation and work, together with other industry stakeholders, on the development of industry guidelines.  

Transport of Dangerous Goods

As active member of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and co-chair of the SAE G-27 standardization committee for Safety Test of Lithium Batteries Packaging, RECHARGE is working with other industry experts on standardized hazard classification processes, packaging requirements, testing procedures and safety obligations for the transport of (lithium) batteries.

In 2017 and 2018, RECHARGE organized the UN Information Working Group meetings mandated to develop a new classification for lithium batteries according to their hazards, and to update the UN manual of tests and criteria.

RECHARGE and its industry partner EUROBAT publish a bi-annual guide on UN transport and packaging regulation too, containing all battery-relevant information and periodic updates of the UN requirements. For more information, please download the free e-book at www.transbatteries.com.

Data & Knowledge Sharing 

Policymakers as well as industry and academia depend on relevant and proofed data. RECHARGE supports their activities by providing important data to the European Commission’s Raw Materials Information System on non-fuel, non-agricultural raw materials from primary and secondary sources.

RECHARGE is also a recognized expert partner in a series of Research & Innovation activities, such as the European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) on batteries, (short: BatteRIes Europe).

Global Safety Strategy 

Battery safety is a key priority for RECHARGE. Our global safety strategy includes the creation of general safety information, best practice guidance, emergency response guidance notes and dedicated information for professionals. RECHARGE also participates in working groups for fire and emergency responders and is a relevant contributor to UN regulation on the safe transport of (lithium) batteries.

To ensure the highest safety measurements during the entire lifecycle of a battery, RECHARGE and the European Recyclers Association are currently working on safety issues related to waste lithium batteries too.