Position Paper: EGMF views on potential sustainability requirements for batteries

Position Paper: EGMF views on potential sustainability requirements for batteries

The garden and outdoor machinery sector welcomes the Inception Impact Assessment on sustainability requirements for batteries. Battery technologies are increasingly more prevalent in society, a trend we have observed within our own sector – battery powered equipment now accounts for almost a quarter of the equipment placed on the European market.

Improving the sustainability of batteries will become essential in order to reduce our dependence and make a more efficient use of resources. However, within our position we caution against two potential risks we observe: duplication with existing legislation and stifling innovation through overregulation. EGMF believes that any new recyclability requirements should be addressed under the existing Batteries Directive which is currently under revision. Furthermore, given the rapid pace of technological development and the broad range of applications for battery technologies we believe that industry should be able to develop sustainability criteria.

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