25 Sep 2023

Guest blog: Circulor’s Guide to the EU Battery Regulation and its Battery Passport Requirement

Guest blog by Jess Green, External Affairs and Strategy Manager at Circulor

The EU Battery Regulation was enacted on August 17th, 2023, with an aim to build a sustainable, responsible, and circular EU battery economy. A major component of the EU Battery Regulation is its Battery Passport requirement that is key to achieving these goals, while also providing consumer transparency.

What is the EU Battery Regulation?

The EU Battery Regulation requires proof of sustainable, responsible, and circular sourcing for batteries to access the European market, and mandates that all batteries have a digital Battery Passport by February 2027.

When are the key implementation dates?

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Who will need to comply with the regulation?

The regulation applies to all batteries that are manufactured or placed into service in the EU. However, it sets a global precedent, which will have widespread implications.

Therefore, all participants within the battery value chain, including OEMs (such as automotive companies), midstream producers, miners, and recyclers will need to comply.

What is a Battery Passport?

A Battery Passport is a digital solution that collates, stores, and displays information about a battery’s entire life cycle. This proves activity from mine to manufacturer, as well as in life, second life, and recycling.

This short video explains what’s required in a Battery Passport, and how the digital tool helps companies comply and also build more resilient and responsible supply chains.

What are the advantages for companies?

Companies are increasingly responsible for their supply chain activity. With a Battery Passport, they are able to: meet regulations; demonstrate their embedded carbon footprint; prove responsible sourcing; show recycled content; and monitor the state of health performance for each battery. They can also create operational efficiency to prove to customers that products were made responsibly and sustainably. 

What are the key benefits of Circulor’s Battery Passport solution?

  • Circulor has the largest network of battery suppliers on our platform: working with 52% of global cell manufacturers (by production volume), we have provided supply chain visibility for 150 million battery cells to date and collected over 2 billion traceability data points.
  • We provide proof of responsible and compliant activity: when combined with data from our Material Traceability and Emissions Tracking modules, Circulor’s Battery Passport provides verifiable proof of material provenance and the production journey along with inherited CO2-e emissions, proof of compliant sourcing requirements, recycled content quotas and collection targets as batteries reach end-of-life.
  • We can help you begin your Battery Passport journey now: even if your internal master data management is still evolving, Circulor allows manual entry of existing data sourced from various departments, with drafts saved as you progress. When you're ready, seamlessly switch to Circulor's API integration.
  • We work with policymakers: the specifics of the EU Battery Regulation will continue to be defined during a secondary legislation phase. As a member of the German federal government’s Battery Pass initiative, and with in-house battery passport product and regulatory expertise, Circulor is embedded in this secondary phase, updating your Battery Passport as regulatory details are defined.

With Circulor, companies can say goodbye to claims, and hello to proof.

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