While batteries must fulfill a series of international, European and national requirements, batteries remain electrochemical devices optimized to store and release energy according to the application demand. Whatever the system used, there is always the risk that unexpected environmental conditions or defaults create an accidental or uncontrolled energy release. Safety hence is a key topic for RECHARGE and its members.
RECHARGE deploys a global strategy for Safety communication, including general information, best practice guidance and dedicated information for professionals.
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 linked to the packaging, transport and storage of lithium batteries at their end-of-life.
Find here a list of relevant information on the safety of batteries during transport and use.
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) project
RECHARGE was selected by the European Commission to perform the Environmental Footprint of rechargeable batteries. This project aimed at establishing the Environmental Performance of a rechargeable battery and at developing communication tools for end users. During this project, RECHARGE has applied the PEF method to calculate the environmental impacts, based on virtual for various categories of batteries.
Find here all current reports:
- Screening report
- Product Environmental Footprint pilots
- Final report now available on the Commission website: PEFCR
- Based on this experience, RECHARGE has published a recommendation for the usage of the PEFCR for policy options.