The Battery Directive was introduced in 2006 with the aim of creating an environmentally sustainable society.

The Battery Directive comprises rules and regulations for producer responsibility for batteries and was introduced by the European Parliament. Sweden has implemented this Directive through the Battery Ordinance (Swedish Code of Statutes – SFS 2008:834).

Producer responsibility is a policy instrument, the aim of which is to integrate the environmental costs arising during a product’s lifecycle into the price of the product.

The rules and regulations are based on the principle of the ‘polluter pays’, whereby those causing a negative environmental impact are also responsible for the socio-economic costs that arise.

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