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What is the Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act (BattG)?

The Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act (Bat­te­rie­ge­setz, BattG) trans­po­ses the Euro­pean Bat­te­ries Direc­ti­ve of 2006 on the mar­ke­ting, return and sus­tainable dis­po­sal of bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors into Ger­man law. Each EU coun­try has its own bat­te­ries legis­la­ti­on, and the BattG is the Ger­man law that repla­ced the pre­vious Bat­tery Regu­la­ti­on (Bat­te­rie­ver­ord­nung, BattV) in 2009. It was exten­si­ve­ly revi­sed in 2021.

The main chan­ge is the intro­duc­tion of an obli­ga­ti­on for manu­fac­tu­r­ers and retail­ers to regis­ter: Sin­ce 1 Janu­ary 2021, anyo­ne wis­hing to place bat­te­ries on the Ger­man mar­ket must regis­ter with stif­tung elek­tro-alt­ge­rä­te regis­ter (stif­tung ear). This regis­tra­ti­on requi­re­ment replaces the pre­vious obli­ga­ti­on to report mar­ket par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on to the Ger­man Fede­ral Envi­ron­men­tal Agen­cy (Umwelt­bun­des­amt, UBA).

To whom does the Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act app­ly?

  • It appli­es to anyo­ne who com­mer­ci­al­ly places bat­te­ries on the Ger­man mar­ket.
  • This could be a bat­tery manu­fac­tu­rer, a trader import­ing bat­te­ries, or a com­pa­ny ship­ping bat­te­ries to Ger­ma­ny from abroad.
  • A dis­tri­bu­tor or an inter­me­dia­ry of bat­te­ries is also con­side­red to be a manu­fac­tu­rer within the mea­ning of the Bat­te­ries Act, if the ori­gi­nal initi­al dis­tri­bu­tor or its aut­ho­ri­sed repre­sen­ta­ti­ve has not (pro­per­ly) regis­tered.

What types of bat­te­ries are affec­ted?

In prin­ci­ple, as an initi­al dis­tri­bu­tor, manu­fac­tu­r­ers must ensu­re that all types of bat­te­ries are taken back and pro­per­ly dis­po­sed of. This includes non-rech­ar­geable (pri­ma­ry) bat­te­ries, rech­ar­geable (secon­da­ry) bat­te­ries (or accu­mu­la­tors), irre­spec­ti­ve of whe­ther or not they are device-inte­gra­ted – unless an exemp­ti­on appli­es.

The­re are three types of bat­te­ries:

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What obli­ga­ti­ons app­ly to por­ta­ble bat­te­ries?

Manu­fac­tu­r­ers, importers and – in some cases – for­eign sup­pli­ers are obli­ged to regis­ter with the stif­tung ear bat­tery regis­ter befo­re offe­ring bat­te­ries or accu­mu­la­tors for sale in Ger­ma­ny, or pla­cing them on the Ger­man mar­ket. stif­tung ear pro­vi­des them with the regis­tra­ti­on num­ber requi­red for dis­tri­bu­ti­on and regis­tra­ti­on with a take-back sche­me.

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All por­ta­ble bat­te­ries must be taken back through a natio­nal take-back sche­me.

Take-back solu­ti­ons for por­ta­ble bat­te­ries

Pro­du­cers are obli­ged to regu­lar­ly report the num­ber of bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors pla­ced on the mar­ket in Ger­ma­ny. The report on the num­ber of por­ta­ble bat­te­ries pla­ced on the mar­ket must be sub­mit­ted to both stif­tung ear and the take-back sche­me in ques­ti­on. Cus­to­mers of Noven­tiz Bat­tery Direct can sim­ply meet their report­ing obli­ga­ti­on online via the bat­tery regis­tra­ti­on por­tal.

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Bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors must be pro­per­ly label­led. Pro­du­cers and dis­tri­bu­tors are obli­ged to pro­vi­de man­da­to­ry infor­ma­ti­on to end users. Bat­te­ries con­tai­ning hazar­dous sub­s­tances are sub­ject to spe­cial label­ling requi­re­ments, or a ban if cer­tain thres­holds are excee­ded.

The Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act pro­vi­des for dif­fe­rent infor­ma­ti­on obli­ga­ti­ons for each of the par­ties invol­ved:

  • Dis­tri­bu­tors of por­ta­ble bat­te­ries, for exam­p­le, must inform con­su­mers that the bat­te­ries can be retur­ned to a retail­er free of char­ge. They must also inform final con­su­mers of their obli­ga­ti­on to return used bat­te­ries.
  • Pro­du­cers are also obli­ged to pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on on was­te pre­ven­ti­on in rela­ti­on to used bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors. They must explain the pos­si­ble effects of the sub­s­tances con­tai­ned in bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors on peo­p­le and the envi­ron­ment.
  • Take-back sche­mes are obli­ged to inform end users about how to pro­per­ly dis­po­se of used por­ta­ble bat­te­ries, and to explain the reaso­ning behind the sepa­ra­te coll­ec­tion of por­ta­ble bat­te­ries. They must also regu­lar­ly inform about them­sel­ves, i.e. the take-back sche­mes, and about exis­ting coll­ec­tion points. Bat­tery take-back sche­mes meet this obli­ga­ti­on by informing about the pro­per dis­po­sal of used bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors via the web­site batterie-zurueck.de. This also aims to increase the coll­ec­tion rate of used bat­te­ries and accu­mu­la­tors in the long term.

When bat­te­ries, or pro­ducts con­tai­ning bat­te­ries, are ship­ped from Ger­ma­ny to users in other EU count­ries, addi­tio­nal requi­re­ments may app­ly.

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How Noven­tiz can help you meet your obli­ga­ti­ons under the Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act

It’s not easy to keep up with all the latest legis­la­ti­on, becau­se it’s sim­ply not the core busi­ness of your com­pa­ny. We will keep you up to date with all the chan­ges, so that you can meet your obli­ga­ti­ons under the Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act. Bene­fit from our exper­ti­se and sup­port to redu­ce your time, cost and the risk of recei­ving a cea­se and desist let­ter. We are your one-stop-shop for advice and imple­men­ta­ti­on.

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  • We will regis­ter you with stif­tung ear
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  • We offer addi­tio­nal ser­vices that may be of inte­rest to bat­tery pro­du­cers and dis­tri­bu­tors in the con­text of the exten­ded pro­du­cer respon­si­bi­li­ty. Take advan­ta­ge of our com­pre­hen­si­ve port­fo­lio of one-stop solu­ti­ons!

Do you have any ques­ti­ons about your obli­ga­ti­ons under the Bat­te­ries Act?

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Fre­quent­ly asked ques­ti­ons about the Ger­man Bat­te­ries Act

The regis­tra­ti­on pro­cess takes seve­ral weeks. Accor­ding to stif­tung ear, during busy peri­ods you may have to wait bet­ween eight and ten weeks – unfort­u­na­te­ly it is impos­si­ble to give a more pre­cise time­frame. Pro­du­cers should be awa­re of this and plan accor­din­gly.

The­re is a fee for regis­tering with stif­tung ear’s bat­tery regis­ter. The main cos­ts for pro­du­cers and importers are for taking pack and dis­po­sing of used bat­te­ries. Based on the pol­lu­ter-pays prin­ci­ple, the­se cos­ts are paya­ble in advan­ce, i.e. at the time the bat­te­ries are pla­ced on the mar­ket. The­re are addi­tio­nal admi­nis­tra­ti­ve fees and cos­ts for ensu­ring pro­duct fea­tures. Dis­tri­bu­tors may also incur cos­ts for the man­da­to­ry take-back of used bat­te­ries, sto­rage and trans­port, as well as admi­nis­tra­ti­on.

Pro­du­cers, importers or dis­tri­bu­tors who vio­la­te the Bat­te­ries Act are sub­ject to a ran­ge of pen­al­ties. Admi­nis­tra­ti­ve fines of up to 100,000 euros or a levy on pro­fits may be impo­sed. In the area of pri­va­te law, the­re is the thre­at of cea­se and desist let­ters from com­pe­ti­tors or other par­ties, or pos­si­ble legal fees and claims for dama­ges. In gene­ral, non-com­pli­ance with the Bat­te­ries Act will auto­ma­ti­cal­ly lead to a dis­tri­bu­ti­on ban.

Com­ply with envi­ron­men­tal regu­la­ti­ons – be sus­tainable

Mana­ging and recy­cling bat­te­ries and the con­tai­ned sub­s­tances are an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to pro­tec­ting the cli­ma­te and natu­ral resour­ces. We will be hap­py to advi­se you on the requi­re­ments and oppor­tu­ni­ties.