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BERR begins second battery consultation

A second Government consultation on the European Union Batteries Directive started May 12 2008, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has announced.

It will examine requirements for putting new batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries), and appliances containing batteries, on the EU market.

The six week consultation will be more prescriptive than the initial consultation, which ran from December 2007 to March 2008.

It will examine the EUs draft regulations and how they will fit into UK law, as well as ensuring that key stakeholders are happy with how regulations are transposed for UK use. Finalised regulations will come into force on September 26 2008.

A BERR spokeswoman said: This time were specifically looking at three areas: the composition of new batteries, labelling requirements, and removal of spent batteries.
A third consultation on batteries will look at collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries in the summer, but no specific date is set yet.

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said: All businesses and persons involved in placing new batteries on the EU market need to be aware of these forthcoming changes. A broad range of interested parties responded to our previous consultation on the approach to implementing the Directive, and we are keen to hear from them again on this [second] draft legislation.

BERR said that an analysis of the first consultation will be published soon.


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