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Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Battery Directive: Recycling of waste batteries and accumulators

# Note: Public consultation closed #


The European Commission has contracted Trinomics, the Oeko-Institut and Ernst & Young to perform a Study for the evaluation of Directive 2006/66/EC (Batteries directive).1

This study seeks to provide evidence to assess whether the objectives of the Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators (‘Batteries Directive’) have been met, whether its provisions are sufficiently implemented and whether, as a result of these aspects, the Batteries Directive supports the general objectives of the EU’s environmental policy.


About the Batteries Directive

The main objectives of the Batteries Directive are:

To minimise the negative impact of batteries and waste batteries on the environment, maximising the separate collection of waste batteries, minimising the disposal of batteries as mixed municipal waste, and achieving a high level of recycling (efficiencies) for all waste batteries.

To ensure the smooth functioning of the internal market, avoiding competition distortion.


In addition, the Directive seeks to improve the environmental performance of batteries and of the activities of all economic operators involved in the life cycle of batteries e.g. producers, distributors and end-users and, in particular, those operators directly involved in the treatment and recycling of waste batteries. Additional background information can be viewed in relation to the Directive provisionstypo3/  in the left tab menu. Terms and definitions can be viewed under the Batteries Glossary.


About the Consultation

The process of evaluation follows the EC guidance for evaluations and considers the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and EU added value of the Directive’s provisions and the legislation implementing it. Through a stakeholder consultation and a review of other information sources, the study will compile, assess and synthesise evidence related to the requirements established by the Directive and what impacts these may have. All relevant aspects – legal, environmental, economic and social – will be considered.

Within the review process, the objective of the public stakeholder consultation is to collect and to evaluate information and evidence to support the improvement of the Batteries Directive and of its implementation.

The consultation shall be held between 06.09.2017-28.11.2017.

Please make sure to submit your response at the latest on 28 November 2017.


The consultation shall take place in the form of an on-line survey. For information on how to submit your contribution please see the European Commission's Consultation Webpage. If you wish to continue directly to the survey please use the following link:


 >> Direct link to the online survey<<


The survey gives you the opportunity to submit documentary evidence (max. 3 pages).

If you would like to address aspects in more detail or to provide information or data which may be of relevance to the evaluation, such information can also be submitted per email until 28 November 2017 at the latest to Batt-eval-study(at)oeko.de.


Further Information

Participants and interested parties are encouraged to register on this website to receive updates about the public consultation and the project’s results.

Other Documents relevant to the public consultation survey provide background information and definitions.

Once the survey is complete, the collected Responses will be processed and published on this website. The final assessment of these responses will be published in the projects' final Report.