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Batteries placed on the market

Batteries placed on the market per type and substance group

See how many batteries are placed on the Danish market every year along with developments over time.

Quantities of batteries placed on the market

ÅrKategoriKnapceller (Hg)BlysyreNiCdAndreTotal
2020Bærbare batterier1712.427192.47175.3662852.7314932.994
2020Industri batterier3.2126798.83990.9215299.23412192.206
2020Bil batterier5.4779772.735165.6161520.60611464.434
2021Bærbare batterier1516.481185.17776.1443228.1485005.95
2021Industri batterier0.3245849.902100.8813666.29619617.402
2021Bil batterier51.20510780.142145.1792497.59515474.119
2013Industri batterier010452.89830.825295.21810778.941
2013Bærbare batterier834.61552.60351.7192178.5133117.45
2013Bil batterier012662.1310.4839.17112701.782
2016Bærbare batterier1322.54773.529100.8912440.9833937.95
2016Industri batterier09840.28819.167564.35110423.806
2016Bil batterier014996.95411.17176.11315084.238
2017Bærbare batterier1012.12451.31365.282566.1623694.879
2017Industri batterier09966.00926.548446.13610438.693
2017Bil batterier013469.753.49188.83813562.079
2015Industri batterier09288.13522.697586.8749897.706
2015Bærbare batterier712.22781.56476.7462818.1973688.734
2015Bil batterier013051.9260.46630.45813082.85
2018Bærbare batterier1506.87467.867103.0422796.4734474.256
2018Industri batterier08817.54819.3971144.5619981.506
2018Bil batterier014071.094.871672.78314748.744
2019Bærbare batterier1343.95297.032141.5912451.3914033.966
2019Industri batterier1.127963.74730.4982253.18810248.553
2019Bil batterier19.34512559.8580.472053.13314632.806
2014Industri batterier08790.80423.039269.5189083.361
2014Bærbare batterier783.97968.22521.8862675.0673549.157
2014Bil batterier015280.8594.041362.86715647.767
2012Industri batterier08546.22719.309247.2578812.793
2012Bærbare batterier999.18157.862192.1452415.1373664.325
2012Bil batterier012972.3188.23965.58213046.139
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Developments in quantities of batteries placed on the market per type and substance group

Producers and compliance schemes report quantities of industrial batteries and automotive batteries placed on the market directly to the DPA producer register, while producers, i.e. primary importers of portable batteries must report their sales to the Danish Tax and Customs Administration – SKAT.

SKAT and portable batteries

An extra payment has been introduced on portable batteries placed on the market in Denmark. This payment is to cover the costs incurred by the local authorities for the collection of waste batteries from citizens. The payment is levied by SKAT in line with other excise duties. This means that producers and importers must report volumes of portable batteries placed on the market to SKAT once a year after which SKAT transfers data on reported quantities to DPA. Quantities of portable batteries sold are reported to SKAT while the two other battery types are reported directly to DPA.

Substance groups

The figures show developments in batteries sold broken down on portable, automotive, and industrial batteries. Producers/importers report quantities sold in four substance types, and button cells are the only battery types that may contain mercury.

The distribution of substance types for portable batteries shows a large share of button cells. Button cells are normally very small batteries with a weight of 2-4 grams, so the number of button cells sold should be extremely large – corresponding to hundreds of millions – if this registration should be correct.

Lead acid is stated as the primary type of material for automotive and industrial batteries with a slight increase in “other” for industrial batteries (e.g. alkaline and lithium batteries). The figures also show a decrease in the quantity of portable batteries containing cadmium and lead.




Portable batteries

Automotive batteries

Industrial batteries

Statistics batteries

Batteries placed on the market

See quantities of batteries by type placed on the Danish market in 2020 as well as developments in these quantities.

Batteries collected

See quantities of end-of-life automotive batteries, industrial batteries, and portable batteries collected in the municipalities, by compliance schemes, and by producers.

Batteries collected in municipalities

See portable batteries collected in municipalities, per municipality, and per capita.

Difference - batteries sold and collected

See the difference between how many batteries are placed on the market and how many are collected when they reach their end of life.

Batteries treated

See recycling efficiency for end-of-life batteries.

Batteries - environmental targets

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