According to a comprehensive study of Ökoinstitute on behalf of European Commission, appr. 250,000 tons of portable and industrial (without Pb) batteries were sold in EU countries. This is equivalent to 420 gr per inhabitants, which has been a stable average since 2010. On the contrary, the number of batteries has slightly grown from 18 to 20 per person and year, which reflects the increase of rechargeable batteries with higher performance and lower weight per piece.
In 2015 the “big four” countries GER, UK, FR, IT (in order of size) represent 63% of all portable batteries put on market (POM). Also 63% of used batteries have been collected in these countries – with emphasis of 22% in GER.
Sales of battery chemistries have been subdivided in 2015 into following shares:
Taking German 2016 data into account, it confirms a strong swift from primary batteries to secondary Li-Ion batteries, reflecting also the decline of old fashioned NiCd accumulator type, whose sale is forbidden since January 2017. This will even foster the predominance of Li-Ion battery sales.
Source: GRS Batterien, Yearly Report 2016
According EUROSTAT, 84,000 tons have been collected in 2016 – having the obligation to meet the mandatory 45% collection rate (CR). Following table of CR in all EU countries show that only 14 members had catched up to the legal requirement of a minimum of 45% CR in 2016. Some data delivered have been even difficult to explain.