New joint report Recommendations Tackling fires caused by Lithium Ion Batteries in WEEE


New joint report Recommendations Tackling fires caused by Lithium Ion Batteries in WEEE

Geplaatst op 12-07-2021  -  Categorie: events

Good news: Today is the press release of a new joint report Recommendations Tackling fires caused by Lithium Ion Batteries in WEEE”. The report is attached and will be available at EERA website.

The first deliverable of the Round table Group for this issue of high concern for WEEE recyclers was:  Characterisation of fires caused by Li-ion Batteries in WEEE.

WEEE Forum, EuRIC, EERA, EUCOBAT, MWE and the WEEELABEX Organisation join forces to counter the occurrence of fires caused by lithium batteries and e-waste containing lithium batteries. A new report compiles good practices addressed to all actors in the value chain and covering all phases of products’ lifecycle. More and more electrical and electronic products in everyday life contain batteries, making life more convenient and pleasant. However, those same batteries, when damaged, also increasingly cause fires.

In the past few months, organisations representing the industry that manages the collection and treatment of spent batteries and electronic waste (WEEE) along with manufacturers of home appliances and consumer electronics, gathered to exchange views about this issue of growing concern in order to design measures to counter the frequent occurrence of fires. A survey among recyclers resulted in a better understanding of the issue of fires in the WEEE management chain. The report  “Recommendations for tackling fires caused by lithium batteries in WEEE”,  presents a set of recommendations and good practices aimed at countering the occurrence of fire incidents caused by lithium batteries and WEEE containing lithium batteries.


“The report concludes that there is not a magic formula that will eradicate the risk of fires caused by WEEE containing batteries. It is imperative that actions are taken urgently in all steps of the lifecycles of EEE and lithium batteries and by all actors in the value chain: from design to disposal of WEEE and batteries including the consideration of transport and treatment. For this, further work to assess the extent of the issue and potential solutions is required.

A thermal event may become a severe incident if is not rapidly detected and extinguished. Training, prevention, and detection measures are therefore essential for identifying and tackling risky situations. The report comprises recommendations and good practices addressed to the main participants in the steps of the EEE and WEEE value chain and includes recommendations to producer responsibility organisations of EEE and batteries, to local authorities, and policy makers.

This new report is long awaited for WEEE recyclers and is the result of cooperation of many stakeholders in the Round Table Group, with large input from Manfred Fahrner and co signed by many stakeholders.

Please have a closer look to the report and make use of it!