BattVO will apply directly to all EU member states
- Obligation for manufacturers or importers of industrial, automotive and portable batteries to register with the ear foundation since Jan. 1, 2022 (see §4 BattG)
Obligations for distributors and battery users - (§9 and §11) - Distributors may only place batteries from registered companies on the market, must take back waste batteries free of charge at or in the immediate vicinity of the point of sale. The obligation to take back only applies to those waste batteries that the distributor offers or has offered as new batteries, and to normal household quantities. (Products with integrated batteries may also fall under the ElektroG or the End-of-Life Vehicle Regulation).
- Mandatory participation in a take-back system (according to §7 BattG) - In addition to the four manufacturers' own take-back systems in Germany (DS Entsorgungs- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH; GRS Batterien; ÖcoReCell; CCR REBAT), there is the 'GRS eMobility' since 1.12.2021, which specifically targets manufacturers and distributors of eBikes, scooters and small vehicles.
- Mandatory labeling - unchanged with the crossed-out trash can.
- Placing on the market bans - The heavy metals cadmium and mercury are subject to restrictions as follows: According to §3 of the BattG, batteries with more than 0.0005 percent mercury by weight or portable batteries with more than 0.002 percent cadmium by weight may not be placed on the market. Only a few applications are exempt from the cadmium restriction, including emergency lighting, medical equipment, emergency or alarm systems; automotive and industrial batteries.
About Der FBDi e.V.
The FBDi e.V. – Fachverband der Bauelemente Distribution e.V. (Professional Association of Component Distribution), founded in 2003, is well-established in the German association community and represents a large portion of distributors of electronic components with operations in Germany. In addition to the preparation and advancement of numerical data and statistics concerning the German distribution market for electronic components, work group engagement and reporting on important industry themes (amongst others, education, liability and rights, traceability, and environmental themes) form essential pillars of the association’s work. The FBDi is a member of the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA).
Member companies (as of January 2020):
Regular members: Acal BFi Germany; Arrow Europe; Avnet EMG EMEA; Beck Elektronische Bauelemente; Blume Elektronik Distribution; Bürklin Elektronik; CODICO; Conrad Electronic; Distrelec; Ecomal Europe; Endrich Bauelemente; EVE; Future Electronics Deutschland; Glyn; Gudeco Elektronik; Haug Components Holding; Hy-Line Holding; JIT electronic; Kruse Electronic Components; MB Electronic; MEDI Kabel; Memphis Electronic; Menges Electronic; MEV Elektronik Service; mewa electronic; Mouser Electronics; Neumüller Elektronik GmbH; pk components; Püplichhuisen; RS Components; Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente; Ryosan Europe; Schukat electronic; TTI Europe.
Supporting members: TDK Europe, Recom.