Government notifies Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022
Recently the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022.
New rules have the following objectives:
- Ensuring eco-friendly management of waste batteries, and promoting circular economy.
- These rules apply to all types of batteries. These also include electric vehicle batteries, portable batteries, automotive batteries and industrial batteries.
- These rules will establish a mechanism and a centralized online portal for the exchange of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates.
- Environmental compensation will have to be paid for non-fulfillment of EPR targets based on the polluter pay principle.
- Establishment of new industries and encourage entrepreneurship for the collection and recycling/renewal of waste batteries.
- The fixed recovery targets have been fixed at 70% for FY-2025, 80% for FY-26, and 90% for FY-27 and onwards.
- Under the new rules, a certain amount of recycled material has been prescribed in the manufacture of new batteries.
- Provision has been made for setting up of committees for online registration and reporting, audit and monitoring of implementation of rules.
Importance of new rules
- Sustainable management of battery waste is essential as India is promoting the use of electric vehicles.
- The new rules will encourage investment in new technology, recycling and renewables.
- Dependence on new raw materials will be reduced and natural resources will be saved.
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a concept related to waste management.
- In this, the producers (also importers) of e-waste are responsible for the collection and recycling/renewal of e-waste and use of the material received.
Source – The Hindu