The manufacture of lead–acid batteries in Europe is closely regulated by existing EU legislation, in particular by the Battery Directive, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. In August 2016, the European Commission presented the Roadmap on the evaluation of the EU Batteries Directive that initiated the revision of this Directive. In the next few months, EU policymakers will also finalize the review of the exemption for automotive lead–acid batteries under the ELV Directive that had started in 2014. Moreover, the European Commission will decide next year whether to include four lead compounds that are essential for the manufacture of lead–acid batteries in the REACH authorisation list. This presentation will give an update on the latest regulatory developments in Europe. It will also discuss the expectations of the European automotive and industrial battery manufacturers for the future EU regulatory framework for batteries.
Rene Schroeder Rene has a Postgraduate Master degree in European studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw, and a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Rostock in Germany. Following positions with the European Waste Management Federation and the European Chemical Industry, Rene is currently the Executive Director for EUROBAT in Brussels. He has previously worked at FEAD, the European Waste Management Federation, at CEFIC, the chemicals industry association, and the European Parliament.