BRUSSELS -- Electric-car batteries sold in Europe will soon face legally binding environmental standards, the European Commission said on Thursday, as it seeks to give local producers an edge in a rapidly growing global market.
Europe's battery demand is set to soar this decade, spurred by the 30 million electric vehicles the EU says Europeans will be driving by 2030.
The Commission on Thursday proposed regulations to ensure that demand is met by greener batteries with lower emissions, produced using recycled materials. The proposals need approval from EU member states and the European Parliament.
"Batteries placed on our market, regardless of their origin, they will be sustainable," Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said.
Under the proposals, rechargeable EV and industrial batteries sold in Europe must disclose their carbon footprint from 2024 and comply with a CO2 emissions limit from 2027.
An obligation to disclose the content of recycled raw materials in those batteries would apply from 2027, followed by requirements to use a minimum share of recycled cobalt, lithium, nickel and lead from 2030.
To encourage battery recycling, the Commission also proposes targets for EU countries to collect 65 percent of portable batteries by 2025 and 70 percent by 2030, up from the EU's current target to collect 45 percent of portable batteries.
"The complexity of today's proposal risks over regulating our fast-paced, innovative industry but also related sectors such as electric mobility," the Brussels based lobby group, The Advanced Rechargeable & Lithium Batteries Association, said in reaction to the proposals.