Primary batteries 001
The product group comprises of portable primary batteries in accordance with the definition given in the European Union’s Battery Directive, 2006/66/EC.
Nordic Swan Ecolabel focuses on battery operation time and shelf life – to ensure a long lifetime for the battery and thus reducing resource consumption.
Nordic Swan Ecolabelled primary batteries:
• Have a low content of heavy metals.
• Does not contain PVC.
• Meet a CSR policy to ensure responsible use and sourcing of limited raw materials and “conflict-free” minerals.
• Meet stringent requirements for both battery operation time, shelf life, safety and quality.
Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT
Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR.
Annual licence fee
The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products is based on their turnover in the Nordic countries The fee is 0,3 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries up to 30 million EUR.
The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 30 million EUR.
Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year. Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year if the turnover exceeds 300 000 EUR.
Fee for extension / change of licence
Fixed fee that is charged depending on how long the work takes.
Up to 4 hours 375 EUR. 4–8 hours 750 EUR. 8 or more hours 1 500 EUR.
Fee for on-site inspections
One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.
Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 500 EUR per visit. On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 500 EUR per visit. On-site inspection outside Europe 2 500 EUR per visit. Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 000 EUR per day.
Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.
When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the application fee is reduced by 50%. A micro-enterprise is in this context defined as an enterprise with less than 10 employees and an annual turnover (of both ecolabelled and not ecolabelled products) below 2 million EUR.
Background documentEnglish / 5.1
Compilation of hearing statementsEnglish / 5.1
Information on the latest version of the criteria for primary batteries
5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Adjustment of requirement
Requirement O9 has been adjusted for minimum permitted operating time. The new version, 5.1, is valid until 31 December 2023.
4.8 ⇛ 5.0: New generation of criteria
A new generation for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Primary Batteries has been adopted. The new version, 5.0, is valid until 31 December 2023.
4.8 ⇛ 4.9: Prolongation of the criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 4.9, is valid until 31 December 2020.
In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.
Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process! If this is the first time you apply, please contact email@example.com to receive login information for the Portal.
Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.
In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.
For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".
Good luck with your application!