Rechargeable batteries and portable chargers 030
The product group comprises both portable rechargeable batteries and portable chargers (known as power banks).
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel focuses on capacity and durability of batteries to ensure long battery life thereby reducing the resource consumption. At the same time, batteries and portable chargers must meet recognized quality and safety standards.
The requirements include:
• Threshold values for heavy metals in batteries.
• No use of PVC and a number of flame-retardants in plastic.
• CSR policy to ensure responsible use and sourcing of limited raw materials and
“conflict free” minerals.
• Electrical-, safety- and quality testing of batteries/cells, portable- and battery
• Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries and cells must be fully charged when
leaving the production site.
• Recyclable design of the portable charger.
Valid from 1 January 2019 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 50 million EUR.
The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 50 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 / 5.2
Compilation of hearing statements, gen. 5English / 5.2
Information on the latest version of the criteria for rechargeable batteries
5.1 ⇛ 5.2: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 18 months. The new version, 5.2, is valid until December 31th, 2024.
5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Adjustment of criteria
The definition of “fully charged” in requirement O10 is changed from at least 85% to 70%. Also, both pre- and post-consumer recycled material in the primary packaging (O8) can be used. Finally, the requirement for sourcing of conflict-free minerals (O5) and critical raw materials (O6) is now aligned with the Nordic Swan Ecolabelling criteria for primary batteries. The new version is called 5.1 and is valid until 30 June 2023.
5.0: New criteria generation
The Nordic Ecolabelling Board decided on new criteria on June 15, 2018. The criteria are valid until June 30, 2023.
4.5 ⇛ 4.6: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.6, is valid until December 31th, 2019.
4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.5, is valid until June 30th, 2018.
4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been extended with 12 months. The new version, 4.4, is valid until June 30th, 2017.
4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for rechargeable batteries and battery chargers has been extended. The new version, 4.3, is valid until June 30th, 2016.
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, an authorised signatory in your company must approve the terms and conditions for the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal. Then you will get a login to the portal and the right to assign access to other colleagues.
When you have filled in the power of attorney, you will receive an e-mail from us with your login credentials.
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!