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EPBA Initiatives

Recent Achievements

  • EPBA has worked with EU Institutions since mid 1980’s to help the development of workable battery legislation. We are currently playing a leading role in the EU legislative process in the context of a new Battery Directive.
  • The EPBA has also commented in depth on the developments of past legislation as well as on a wide range of battery legislation. Several of our proposals have been accepted into EU law.
  • Since 1991 EPBA has assisted Member States with the smooth transposition of EU battery law into national legislation and also in developing measures that go beyond EU requirements.
  • Since 1992 EPBA has provided vital know how for the setting up and operating of battery collection and recycling systems in Austrian, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey. We are currently liaising with the authorities in the new EU 10 Member States as well as the current Accession countries.
  • EPBA distributes guidelines to its members clarifying legislative issues and advising them on the key points.
  • In 1993 we pioneered the voluntary removal of mercury from general-purpose batteries.
  • At our recommendation the European Commission introduced a prohibition on batteries containing more than 5 ppm mercury from 1 January 2000. This was the first step of EPBA’s “Two Step Plan”, the second being the mandatory collection and recycling of all portable batteries four years later.
  • The EPBA has invested heavily into the analysis and development of best practices for recycling of all types of portable batteries. Recycling is only sustainable in the long run if it is effective, environmentally sound and economic.

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