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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 batterier|Portable batteries1711.899192.369175.342852.7134932.321
2020Industri batterier|Industrial batteries3.2076659.858144.5565302.15712109.778
2020Bil batterier|Automotive batteries5.4779875.298165.6161520.60611566.997
2021Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1609.76188.63773.823241.0875113.304
2021Industri batterier|Industrial batteries0.2955964.312148.93913774.74519888.291
2021Bil batterier|Automotive batteries51.20510926.3992145.1791862.97614985.759
2013Industri batterier|Industrial batteries010415.05330.825295.21810741.096
2013Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries833.6352.58251.7192178.4393116.37
2013Bil batterier|Automotive batteries012679.1730.4839.17112718.824
2016Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1318.52573.277100.8862440.943933.628
2016Industri batterier|Industrial batteries09675.14119.167564.35110258.659
2016Bil batterier|Automotive batteries015072.2911.17176.11315159.574
2017Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1009.21551.0365.2722566.113691.627
2017Industri batterier|Industrial batteries09865.04326.548446.13610337.727
2017Bil batterier|Automotive batteries013570.9243.49188.83813663.253
2015Industri batterier|Industrial batteries09110.61422.697586.8749720.185
2015Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries712.36281.35576.7462818.0833688.546
2015Bil batterier|Automotive batteries013119.7570.46630.45813150.681
2014Industri batterier|Industrial batteries08740.29423.039269.4249032.757
2014Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries780.51368.11521.8862674.6843545.198
2014Bil batterier|Automotive batteries015322.2224.041362.86715689.13
2018Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1499.26867.784103.0422796.4064466.5
2018Industri batterier|Industrial batteries08646.67719.3971145.5619811.635
2018Bil batterier|Automotive batteries014161.2544.871673.10814839.233
2019Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1342.8896.965141.5872451.2754032.707
2019Industri batterier|Industrial batteries1.127919.53530.4982254.35610205.509
2019Bil batterier|Automotive batteries19.34512648.4950.472053.13314721.443
2022Bærbare batterier|Portable batteries1141.1567.89454.7983334.4654598.307
2022Industri batterier|Industrial batteries3.8386550.769123.97616367.95123046.534
2022Bil batterier|Automotive batteries90.81210091.5083076.2743477.2316735.824
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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

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Batteries - environmental targets

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