In 2006, with the aim of creating an environmentally sustainable society, the European Parliament introduced the Battery Directive: a regulatory framework that established producer responsibility for batteries.

The Battery Directive has been implemented in Denmark through an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act and the Statutory Order on batteries and accumulators, and waste batteries and accumulators.

Producer responsibility is a political instrument that aims to integrate the environmental costs that arise during a product’s lifecycle into the price of the product.

Producer responsibility is based on the principle that “the polluter pays”, i.e. those who cause a negative impact on the environment are also responsible for the socio-economic costs that arise as a result.