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Information about batteries

General information about batteries.

Information on legal aspects
Information on legal aspects

You can find information on legal aspects related to batteries on the pages of the European industry associations as well as the associations of the individual European member states and our partners in the battery industry.

Information on transport, storage, safety and disposal of batteries and accumulators
Information on transport, storage, safety and disposal of batteries and accumulators

At European level, the following industry associations supply information on the regulation of transport, storage, safety and disposal of batteries and accumulators:

European states are committed to the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC
European states are committed to the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC

The European Battery Directive 2006/66/EC is the most important legislation for batteries in the EU market.

The directive applies to all types of batteries, i.e. on

  • Portable batteries and rechargeable batteries
  • Starter batteries (Automotive batteries)
  • Industrial and appliance batteries
  • Storage technologies

The legislation contains provisions on the use of certain substances in batteries and the regulation of labeling requirements. In the case of portable batteries, European legislation also envisaged specific collection targets, which should have been achieved by September 2012, latest 2016 and have now been achieved.

In particular, the

  • environmentally friendly disposal of batteries and accumulators (battery legislation – BattG)
  • marking of the battery packs with warning symbols, which could be swallowed due to their size
  • child resistant packaging
  • standardization and homogenization of safety symbols.

For example, some warning and indication symbols on battery packs of the VARTA Microbattery:

Do not throw into fire

Do not charge

Do not short-circuit

Do not open/ disassemble

Do not insert incorrectly

Do not deform/ damage

For VARTA Microbattery, very important were the new provisions for hearing aid batteries:

  • only mercury-free hearing aid batteries are permitted and
  • hearing aid batteries are subject to the strict regulations for medical products

Detailed information on the regulations on medical products is summarized in the article on symbols for the labeling of medical devices; Version EN 980: 2008

European states are committed to the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection


Responsibility for the environment is manifested throughout the entire life cycle of our products. We place uncompromising demands on environmentally friendly development and manufacture and require our products to be safe and have a long service life, whereby sustainable disposal represents a key factor. Thanks to pioneering technologies, we can reduce any long-term impact on the environment, or even completely avoid it. With our own environmental protection guidelines, we set higher standards than those specified by legal regulations.


Only with sustainable concepts for ecologically safe production and environmentally compatible products can the growing need of society for an intact environment be fulfilled. A major contribution to sustainability is made by VARTA Microbattery products due to their innovative technological structural features, design, environmentally compatible use of materials, and efficient, virtually total recyclability. Our certified environmental management system ensures compliance with highly stringent in-house guidelines at every process step.

Environmentally compatible products

We assess possible environmental impacts of our products during product development over the entire life cycle; We strive to conserve resources through economical material use, recyclability and reusability.

Environmentally friendly production

In production, our focus is on advanced technologies with integrated environmental protection procedures, saving resources and reducing emissions.

Competence and protection of employees

Through information, qualification and incentives the sense of responsibility of all employees for environmental protection is regularly promoted and expanded.

Trustworthy partnership

We are working with the supplier industry to follow equivalent environmental guidelines. Cooperation with qualified waste disposal companies until final disposal of the waste is a key obligation for us.

Energy efficiency

We pay attention to the consumption-optimized use of energy and resources in all research and development activities as well as in production.

Continuous reduction of specific energy consumption

We strive to continually reduce specific energy consumption and increase energy efficiency in a continuous improvement process.


Our management ensures that the necessary financial and structural prerequisites for resource conservation are met.

Employee participation

All employees are included in the implementation and execution of the energy management system.

Energy impact

The energy effects of our production processes are examined, assessed and, if necessary, optimized. The focus is on energy efficiency in the development and acquisition of new production plants. The use of new technologies in the production and processing of our products ensures that the energy is used efficiently.


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