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MEPs ban cadmium from power tool batteries and mercury from button cells

by European Parliament  (Oct. 10, 2013)

A law banning the toxic substance cadmium from portable batteries and accumulators used in cordless power tools such as drills, screwdrivers or saws, was voted by Parliament on Thursday. This ban, already agreed with EU ministers, will apply from 31 December 2016. MEPs also inserted a clause banning mercury from button cells from autumn 2015. "I ...

Energy Commission Plugs in Energy Efficiency Rules for Battery-Charged Appliances

by Marketwire  (Jan. 13, 2012)

California just got smarter about saving energy for consumers and businesses. The California Energy Commission today approved a first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standard that will reduce wasted energy by battery chargers commonly used to power cell phones, laptop computers, power tools, and other devices. "When you consider powering ...

Batteries in Germany exceed new EU toxic metal limits

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 30, 2014)

Levels of toxic metals in batteries were not immediately reduced in line with new limits imposed by EU regulations, according to a survey from Germany. The study focuses on concentrations of toxic metals contained in batteries sold in Germany in 2010 and 2011, but its authors say the results are relevant to other EU countries. The EU Batteries ...

Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste

by SciDev.Net  (Dec. 16, 2014)

A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang. Since the 1990s, electrical and electronic equipment have revolutionised people’s lives. And with ever-increasing technological ...

Will Santa Clause break the law? The European Batteries Directive

by Enhesa - Global EHS & Product Compliance Assurance  (Dec. 9, 2009)

Enhesa publishes its 2009 Batteries Report December 9th. The report is a detailed comparative analysis of the regulatory requirements in nine European countries compared to the EU Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC. Anyone putting batteries on the market, standalone or incorporated in products, is confronted with a myriad of regulatory requirements. ...

Revenue from Materials for Advanced Batteries is Expected to Reach $19.3 Billion Annually by 2023

by Navigant Consulting, Inc.  (Nov. 10, 2014)

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global materials supply chain of the advanced batteries industry, including global market forecasts for the capacity, shipments, and revenue for key raw materials inputs for advanced batteries through 2023. The battery industry is in the midst of a dramatic ...

Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Oct. 10, 2013)

What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a ...

Battery regulations made into law

by MRW - Materials Recycling World  (Apr. 15, 2009)

New regulations on recycling waste batteries and accumulators were laid in the UK Parliament on Wednesday (14 March). The Government has produced regulations that establish the legislative framework for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators in the UK. The Regulations implement the waste provisions of the ...

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

by Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (Oct. 21, 2014)

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.   The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission electron microscopy to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO. ...

Industry surveys reveal that SMEs may be disposing of waste incorrectly

by GPT Waste Management Ltd  (Sep. 24, 2014)

The research set out to discover how well-informed Britain’s businesses are about their obligations under the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005). It makes good business sense to manage waste in the right way, and this research has shown that while Britain’s business owners are keen to do their bit, they need more help to get it right. ...

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