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China Makes New-Energy Vehicle Manufacturers Liable for Battery Disposal

The manufacturers of new-energy vehicles are to be held responsible for the recovery and recycling of the battery packs used to power such cars. As of 1 August this year, it will be incumbent on all such manufacturers to have in place procedures to both collect and to repurpose spent cells in an appropriately environmentally-friendly fashion.

In an additional move, the original manufacturers of the batteries must provide carmakers (and any other business utilising their products) with detailed information on the decommissioning and storage of these cells. All batteries must also carry identifying coding, allowing their use and subsequent disposal to be traced and monitored. In line with this, all businesses engaged in the provision, maintenance or disposal of such batteries must routinely verify these tracking details and ensure that all spent cells are solely entrusted to approved recycling service providers.

Details of these new requirements were released in the Interim Measures for the Administration of the Recycling of New-Energy Vehicle Batteries, a circular jointly issued by seven mainland government departments, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following link:

Interim Measures for the Administration of the Recycling of New-Energy Vehicle Batteries (Gong Xin Bu Lian Jie No.43 [2018])

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