EU regulation on batteries for European and Japanese businesses

January 31 2024


The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation ZOOM webinar

~ What the EU regulation on batteries will mean 
for European and Japanese businesses ~

Wednesday, January 31 17:00-18:15 Tokyo (9:00-10:15 Brussels)
(With English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation / Free event)


On February 18, 2024 much of the new regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries will become applicable. Based on a December 2020 Commission proposal, the final regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council in summer 2023.

The Regulation addresses sustainability, safety, labelling, marketing, and information for all categories of batteries (portable batteries; starting, lighting & ignition batteries; light means of transport batteries for use on e-bikes, e-moped, e-scooters; EV batteries and industrial batteries) and covers the entire battery lifecycle from design, through production, reuse and recycling to end-of-life to ensure that they are safe, sustainable and competitive. To ensure a circular economy, the rules will first set and then raise targets for producers to collect waste portable batteries, recover lithium from waste batteries, ensure a minimum level of recycled content, establish recycling efficiency targets, and require portable batteries to be removable and replaceable. By 2026 and 2027 additional labelling requirements will be introduced such as an electronic ‘battery passport’.

This event will look at recent developments to implement the regulation and will give participants an opportunity to put questions to the Commission experts. Please check the details here.


17:00 -17:05 (9:00 -9:05) Opening remarks
-    Manuel Hubert, Managing Director European Side, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation 

17:05-17:30 (9:05 -9:30)  Presentations
-    Ewout Deurwaarder, Policy Officer, Sustainable Industrial Policy / Batteries and Ecodesign, Green and Circular Economy Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
-    Cesar Santos Gil, Policy Officer, Waste Management & Secondary Materials Unit, DG Environment, European Commission

17:30-18:15 (9:30-10:15)   Q&A and Discussions
-    Moderator: Yasuo Tanabe, Managing Director Japan Side, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

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