Why is the EU implementing battery passports?

The EU is aiming for a more sustainable and circular battery economy. The passports are intended to promote environmentally friendly battery design and improve recycling processes. The life cycle of a battery should be extended as far as possible, and the recycling of components and raw materials should be as simple as possible – and well documented in the battery passport.


European Green Deal

The EU is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent. In order to overcome the challenges of climate change and environmental destruction, the European Green Deal is intended to transform the EU into a resource-efficient economic zone.

Several initiatives and programs are being implemented as part of these efforts. Of particular interest here is the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) launched in March 2022, which also includes a proposal for the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

The ESPR provides for the introduction of digital product passports to promote the move towards a circular economy. These product passports will gradually become mandatory for various product categories. The digital battery passport is therefore a kind of pioneer and batteries are one of the first product categories for which such a digital passport will soon be required.


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