Batteries boost as US and EU focus on climate change and economic recovery
The lead battery industries in the United States (US) and Europe (EU) are highlighting reliable and established domestic supply chains as political efforts to tackle climate change move centre stage.
As political tectonic plates move and turn a shade of green, the lead battery industry is pointing to its peerless recycling record and circular economy credentials on both continents.
The Essential Energy Everyday campaign which promotes lead batteries and their key role in the US, has issued a news release highlighting the north American supply chain’s reliability and resilience as key to the drive for economic recovery on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign, by Battery Council International (BCI), hails the new Biden administration’s build back better initiative and says the lead battery industry is poised to help meet the nation’s growing energy needs.
“The lead battery industry, with its strong domestic supply chain, is ideally positioned to rapidly deliver on President Biden’s promise to have American jobs support the nation’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, and also to ensure America’s global leadership on technological innovation and a green economy infrastructure,” said Roger Miksad, BCI executive vice president and general counsel.
Meanwhile in Europe the Charge the Future lead battery campaign overseen by EUROBAT is focusing on the industry’s ‘strategic autonomy’ – the term used by EU legislators to describe the need for strong domestic supply chains with less reliance on materials produced outside the bloc.
Newly-appointed chairman of lead battery research hub, the Consortium for Battery Innovation, Dr Christian Rosenkranz, has also signalled the lead battery value chain’s critical role in delivering a low carbon future.
He has called on governments and industry to work more closely to help accelerate the development of all advanced battery technologies.
“We need to see a huge uplift in rechargeable battery energy storage if countries are to get anywhere near the global targets for reducing carbon emissions” he said.
Read Dr Christian Rosenkranz’ article: Research ‘critical in battle to reverse climate change’
Cover image credit: Emerging Europe.