The EU can introduce requirements for replaceable batteries

The EU is in the midst of making the USB C port a standard port for charging on mobile devices, among other things to save money and protect the environment from electronic scrap that is often not used. Now, additional environmental and financial savings can be worked on the basis of requirements set by, among others, Europe’s largest environmental organization, the European Environment Agency EEB, and a number of other organizations. The requirement is that rechargeable batteries must be able to be removed, replaced and repaired.

More and more in society is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and the market for the batteries is expected to double by 2030. This applies not least to mobile phones and tablets.

In a press release, EEB writes that many of them will never be replaced or recycled. Some of the main reasons are that the batteries are often fixed and extremely physically tailored to the respective units in order to offer as much effect on as little space as possible, which makes it difficult to change batteries. The batteries can also be software-locked, require special tools or be designed in other ways to make it more or less difficult to replace and recycle them. In the press release, Jean-Pierre Schweitzer from the EEB writes that it results in “Manufacturers wasting valuable natural resources and forcing consumers to replace products prematurely.”

Chloé Mikolajczak, who works for Right to Repair, says in a statement that it is “extremely worrying because the average battery life of these products is about 3 years and the majority of the repairers we spoke to have said that the risk of damaging a device when you take remove the battery has increased. This indicates that a significant number of devices are being discarded prematurely due to battery failure. ”

They now want to change that, and in a collaboration between the European Environmental Bureau, the Right to Repair campaign and the School for Industrial Economics at Lund University, a report has been produced in which they, together with more than 500 companies and non-governmental organizations, turn to the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. The requirement is that an ordinance must be drawn up that all batteries can be removed and replaced.

According to the report, it would be possible to cut emissions from the products by 30 percent if all mobile phones and tablets sold in the EU by 2030 have batteries that are easy to replace, and reduce the loss of cobalt and indium, among other things. The report also claims that it would mean a saving for consumers of just over SEK 200 billion if they did not have to change products, the only problem being their batteries.

Source: Mobil by

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