APPLiA’s Digital Interviews: Batteries, preserving consumer safety while driving innovation

The sixth episode of the APPLiA’s series of short digital interviews is now available. Our expert covers batteries and some core aspects in the revision process of the EU Batteries Directive.

 

 

Watch APPLiA's sixth digital interview, here.

In the context of the series of short digital interviews recently launched by APPLiA, the sixth episode features Naomi Marc, APPLiA Environment Policy Specialist, on batteries.

Firstly, what role do batteries have to play in the home appliance sector? “Batteries constitute an important part for some of our products,” kicked off Ms Marc. Examples of these include hand-held vacuum cleaners, robot vacuum cleaners, shavers and even toothbrushes. “It is important to clearly differentiate between new requirements on batteries themselves and requirements for products with built-in batteries,” she explained. In this sense,  the revision of the current EU legislation for batteries paves the way for a better harmonisation of the common rules across all Member States, ultimately preserving the EU Single Market.  

“Ensuring consumer safety at all times is the number one priority for our industry, from the design phase to the end-of-life of appliances” pointed out Ms Marc. While batteries in some applications may be suited for removal by the end-user, not all batteries in applications should necessarily be readily removable. That is the case for internal rechargeable batteries, where removability is best performed by professionals. Indeed, safe removability and replaceability of used and defective batteries in home appliances is key to improve reparability, durability and reuse of products and by consequence the potential of proper recycling of batteries.

In the context of the revision of the EU Batteries’ Directive to a Regulation, APPLiA welcomes the transition and calls for the new set of rules to prioritise consumer safety whilst continuing to drive innovation. “Appropriate requirements for batteries and products containing batteries should define the right tools and conditions for ensuring a correct handling of used batteries, and provide an appropriate time frame to allow manufacturers of products to redesign them and adapt complex global supply chains and manufacturing processes,” concluded Ms Marc.

This and much more in APPLiA’s sixth digital interview, available at this link