The European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on the evaluation of the Batteries Directive. The consultation aims to capture views, experience, and ideas of relevant stakeholders on achieving the Directive’s objectives, and invites them to provide relevant information for assessing the Directive’s performance and suitability. The consultation questions can be viewed in the attached PDF and responses can be submitted online.
EASE encourages all members with an interest in battery energy storage to submit a response to this consultation (deadline: 29 November 2017). Please note that EASE will not submit a response on behalf of the Association, as this is a technical topic not touching on all EASE members’ activities and there is limited manpower in the Secretariat.
The Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC lays down rules on placing batteries and accumulators on the market and their treatment in the EU. The overarching objective is to maximise the separate collection of waste batteries and accumulators and to minimise the disposal of spent batteries as mixed municipal waste in order to achieve a high level of recycling for all waste batteries and accumulators.
The evaluation is the first step of a review process, in which the Commission assesses whether the Directive meets its objectives and contributes to the general objectives of the EU environmental policy. This consultation is part of a wider consultation exercise that also includes targeted surveys, interviews and focus groups with selected stakeholders. This consultation offers any interested individual, group or company an opportunity to give their opinion and provide information.