Businesses given more time to consider implications of new regulations

Date published: 08 December 2023

The deadline for completing a survey on how the new EU Batteries Regulations will impact on Northern Ireland traders has been extended by DAERA until Friday 19 January 2024.

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Businesses which manufacture, import or sell batteries, either on their own, or incorporated in products, are being encouraged to give their feedback as well as register for an information session on the issue.

DAERA will report the findings back to UK Government so that it is fully aware of potential implications for NI businesses and consider the next steps.

The EU Batteries Regulation will apply in Northern Ireland from 18 February 2024 and will gradually introduce new rules to strengthen sustainability of batteries and waste batteries, protect the environment and human health and increase recycling. 

The survey covers all types of batteries, including portable batteries and those contained in electrical devices, appliances, cars and in large machinery.

An information webinar will be held on the morning of Friday 12 January 2024. It will include a presentation on the EU Batteries Regulations and a Q&A session. Please contact the DAERA Extender Producer Responsibility Team via email to register your interest in attending.

Businesses are encouraged to complete the online survey. 

More information on the regulations is located here


Notes to editors: 

  1. The new EU Batteries Regulation will be applicable in Northern Ireland from 18 February 2024 under the Windsor Framework.
  2. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an established policy approach adopted by many countries around the world, across a broad range of products and materials. It gives producers an incentive to make better, more sustainable decisions at the product design stage including decisions that make it easier for products to be re-used or recycled at their end of life. It also places the financial cost of managing products once they reach end of life on producers.
  3. DAERA has hosted a series of webinars on EPR on packaging waste, deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, batteries, waste electrical goods, chewing gum and coffee pods. They can be viewed on the DAERA website.
  4. For more information on the Extended Producer Responsibility please visit the DAERA website.
  5. Follow DAERA on X, formerly called Twitter, and Facebook.
  6. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office via email or telephone: 028 9052 4619.
  7. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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