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New EU Batteries Regulation – How should companies using batteries prepare in 2024?

Eu Battery Regulation

The EU’s new battery regulation is an important step towards a more sustainable and competitive battery economy. The regulation sets new requirements for battery design, manufacture, labelling, recycling and reporting. The regulation applies to all batteries imported into or used in the EU, including portable, industrial and automotive batteries. Companies that use batteries must be aware of their obligations and understand how to ensure their partners comply with the regulations.

The regulation aims to promote the longevity, safety, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of batteries. The regulation also seeks to reduce the environmental and health hazards caused by batteries and to promote the circular economy and material efficiency of batteries. The regulation supports the EU’s Green Deal and climate objectives.

Timetable

The new EU Battery Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 July 2023 and entered into force on 17 August 2023. However, the regulation will gradually apply from 18 February 2024.

It should be noted that different regulation articles have different timelines, so only some things need to be ready in February, some in August 2024 and some much later.

Requirements for battery manufacturers in 2024

Celltech Oy and Celltech Group’s own battery factories are well prepared for the requirements of the regulation. We have also ensured that our suppliers are prepared to meet the requirements of the Battery Regulation.

Below is a summary of the 2024 requirements for Celltech Group’s battery manufacturing plants. Please note that battery types manufactured by your other suppliers may have different requirements.

February 18, 2024

The requirements that will enter into force will largely be the same as in the old Batteries Directive:

– REACH-regulation compliance according to (Annex XVII, Article 4(2), point (a), of the End-of-life vehicles Directive and Battery Regulation Annex I)

– Batteries containing more than 0,004 % lead shall be marked with the chemical symbol “Pb”, and batteries containing more than 0,002 % cadmium shall be marked with “Cd”.

August 18, 2024

Several new requirements will come into force in August, including:

– The manufacturer must affix the CE marking to each battery.

– The manufacturer must draw up an EU declaration of conformity for each battery model.

– The manufacturer must draw up certain technical documentation.

– The manufacturer shall operate an approved quality system for the production, inspection and testing of the finished product and shall be subject to surveillance. This applies only to some types of batteries.

– The manufacturer must ensure the battery has clear, understandable, legible instructions and safety information.

– The manufacturer shall indicate on the battery his name, registered trade name or registered trade mark, postal address with a single point of contact and, if possible, his website and e-mail address.

– The manufacturer must ensure that batteries bear the model identifier and a batch or serial number, product number or other identifier.

Requirements coming into force later

It should be noted that the due diligence requirement will enter into force in August 2025, the carbon footprint calculation for rechargeable industrial batteries in February 2026 and the recycled material content requirement for industrial batteries in August 2028.

How are Celltech Oy and Celltech Group prepared?

Celltech Oy is Finland’s leading battery supplier, offering high-quality and durable batteries to its customers in various fields. Celltech Oy is part of the Celltech Group, which has its own battery factories in Bulgaria, China, Finland and Germany. Celltech Group is committed to complying with the EU’s new Batteries Regulation and ensuring that its batteries meet all the regulation requirements.

We have closely followed the preparation and application of the Batteries Regulation and made the necessary changes to our batteries’ design, manufacture, labelling, recycling and safety. We have also trained our staff and partners on the content and effects of the regulation. We are ready to answer our customers’ questions and provide the best possible service in purchasing and using batteries.

We have also ensured that all our principals who supply us with batteries are aware of and comply with the regulations’ requirements. We have asked them for written assurances that their batteries adhere to the regulation and have the necessary documentation and markings.

What should you do?

If you use batteries in your business, you must be aware of the new EU Batteries Regulation and its impact. You must ensure you purchase your batteries from reliable and responsible suppliers, such as Celltech Oy, who comply with the regulations’ requirements.

Please note that if you bring batteries into the country for your own use only, you are still responsible for many of the requirements of the regulation.

We hope this article has been valuable and informative. Please get in touch with our specialists if you have any questions or need help choosing batteries.

More info on

To learn more about the new EU Batteries Regulation and its impact on battery users and manufacturers, you can also consult the following resources:

EU Battery Regulation enters into force today – major changes in the battery sector in the long term (valtioneuvosto.fi)

https://www.paristokierratys.fi/blog/2023/11/06/akkuasetus-eun-akkuasetuksen-soveltaminen-alkaa-18-2-2024-nain-siihen-valmistaudutaan-suomessa/

https://celltech.fi/2023/02/07/eun-uusi-akku-ja-paristoasetus-mita-se-tarkoittaa-kaytannossa/