The European Council of Ministers has published the text of an EU regulation setting out the labelling requirements that display the charge capacity of automotive and rechargeable batteries.
A reduction in waste quantities could be obtained by increasing the average life-span of rechargeable batteries as would choosing the appropriate battery for an appliance.Capacity labelling information would ensure fair competition among manufacturers.
The capacity label would provide useful, easy to understand, comparable information for end-users when purchasing portable and automotive batteries and accumulators.
An exemption would be made for batteries incorporated in appliances and not intended to be removed by end-users for reasons such as safety, medical or data integrity as end-users do not have to make a purchasing decision based on them.
The electric charge that a battery or accumulator can deliver under a specific set of conditions will be deemed as the capacity.
Rechargeable batteries will be expressed in milli-Ampere hours (mAh) or Ampere hours (Ah). For automotive batteries Ampere hours (Ah) and “Cold Cranking Amperes” (A) would be used.
The labels should also meet the minimum size requirements and be located as described in the Annex.
Capacity measurement will differ by battery type and be in line with various IEC / EN standards as highlighted in the Annex.
Producers will have 18 months to comply and the regulation will enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union following a three month scrutiny period in the European Parliament.
See the Commission document attached:
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