Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers

Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, or the EU Battery Directive as it is more commonly known, has the aim of minimising the negative impact of batteries on the environment and improving their overall environmental performance.

It restricts the use of some materials in batteries (particularly mercury and cadmium) and tasks Member States with encouraging the development of improvements to the environmental performance of batteries and putting in place battery collection schemes. Member States must also ensure that storage and recycling of spent batteries is appropriate and fit for the purpose. Member States are required to regularly report on progress in the areas covered by this Directive. Under this directive SLI (starting, lighting, ignition) batteries are defined as automotive batteries whereas hybrid and electric vehicle batteries are categorised as industrial batteries. Furthermore, the Battery Directive acts as a framework law, foreseeing further legislation in the field of batteries.

The European Commission has started with the evaluation and revision of the Directive. The objective of which must be to improve the regulatory level-playing field for all battery technologies. Such overall regulatory framework should provide business certainty for EU battery manufacturers, create new opportunities for all battery technologies and deliver jobs, growth and innovation in Europe.