Posted on 26/10/2023 in Regulatory 2023
Fire safety missed in Batteries Regulation

The revised EU Batteries Regulation does little to address battery fire safety, despite other ongoing EU actions. The newly revised Batteries Regulation 2023/1542 (12th July 2023) aims to ensure that batteries are safer and greener (carbon footprint, raw materials, recycling). pinfa proposed amendments to include fire risks, smoke toxicity and extinction water toxicity (all highly relevant for environmental impact) were not taken onboard. The Regulation as adopted mentions fire only in requiring information on fire protection and mitigation instructions, fire protection of waste batteries, testing of fire risk in case of short circuit and testing of explosion risk in case of battery exposure to fire.

The Sustainable Transport Forum Expert Group has carried out a survey to collect information on guidelines and codes regulating fire safety for electric vehicle charging infrastructures.

EU survey “Mapping of legislation/guidelines/codes relating to fire safety for recharging infrastructure and electric vehicles in underground/above ground covered parking areas” closed 20th July 2023 but still online

EU revised Battery Regulation 2023/1542 “New law on more sustainable, circular and safe batteries enters into force” and Regulation text

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