What about the Green Deal?
Climate change and environmental deterioration are a threat to Europe and the world’s existence. To address these issues, the European Green Deal will turn the EU into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy by 2050, ensuring the following topics:
✓ No net greenhouse gas emissions
✓ Decoupled economic development from resource use
✓ No one or place is left behind
The Green Deal stands for an action plan on how to shift to a clean and circular economy in order to boost use of sustainable resources and maintain natural biodiversity and decrease pollution.
First unveiled on December 11, 2019 by President Ursula von der Leyen, the Green Deal is an action plan on how to move to a clean and sustainable economy by increasing the use of sustainable resources, preserving natural biodiversity and reducing pollution.
The deal states that the EU should have a fleet of around 13 million electric vehicles by 2025. An action plan for a carbon-neutral circular economy with sustainable batteries was additionally presented in December 2020. This aims to make batteries more sustainable throughout their lifecycle to help achieve the goals of the Green Deal. For example, the deal calls for the production of batteries themselves to be non-polluting, as well as for their guaranteed safety and recyclability.
Obligatory requirements for all batteries (i.e. industrial, starter, traction and portable batteries) are to ensure the sustainable competitiveness of Europe’s battery industry worldwide with a limited share of pollutants for a small CO2 footprint. Extensive investments will help increase product capacities.
From July 1, 2024, only rechargeable industrial and traction batteries for which a carbon footprint statement has been prepared may be placed on the market.
To significantly improve the collection and recycling of portable batteries, the current collection rate of 45% should increase to 65% in 2025 and 70% in 2030, so that the materials for batteries we use at home are not lost to the economy.