Batteries are subject to a series of international, European and national legislations pertaining to raw materials, design, transport, use and end-of-life management. With the goal of driving harmonization across battery legislation, and representing its members at all levels of interests, RECHARGE is also involved in UN and other cross-national regulations.
International Transport Regulation
With more than 10 years of experience, RECHARGE is especially active in the UN International Transport Regulation – Transport of Dangerous Goods and has obtained the adoption of a number of significant policy recommendations:
- Submitted working documents with PRBA on the Transport of Waste Lithium Batteries, which were adopted in December 2012.
- Submitted working documents with PRBA on the Transport of Damaged and Defective Lithium Batteries, which were adopted in December 2012
- Organized the UN Informal Working Group meetings mandated to update the UN manual of tests and criteria in 2015-2017, and adoption of the changes in 2017.
- Submitted working documents with PRBA and OICA on the new packaging instructions for damaged and defective lithium batteries, which were adopted in 2017
- Organized the UN Informal Working Group meetings mandated to develop a new classification of lithium batteries according to their hazards in the period 2018-2019 and onwards