Issues such as sustainability and minimal environmental impact of battery and its industry have been raised as key aspects to be addressed. In this context, the Ecodesign directive for batteries has been considered as a potential legislative tool to address most of these issues.
RECHARGE acknowledges this effort towards a sustainable industrial policy for batteries, however would like to stress that the quality of the work should not be undermined in favor of a quicker legislative process. Particularly, the scope of the ECODESIGN for batteries should be enlarged to include the impacts from cradle to grave, throughout all phases of a battery life from manufacturing (including the supply chain), use and to the end of life.
RECHARGE suggests some proposals, based on the key takeaways from RECHARGE’s internal working groups, and the project for batteries within the Commission pilot “Product Environmental Footprint”, as an answer to the inception impact assessment published by the EU Commission.