Green batteries for Europe? We’re leading the way, says Dr Andy Bush
The EU has published plans to update its batteries regulation. Commenting , Dr Andy Bush, Managing Director of the International Lead Association said:
“These proposals are a welcome step towards Europe’s zero carbon objectives. A range of battery technologies will be required to achieve these objectives. We agree that all batteries placed on the EU market should be more sustainable, high-performing and safe through their entire life cycle.
“We therefore support the focus of the new proposal on increasing recycling efficiencies and material recovery for all battery chemistries, increasing use of recycled materials in the manufacture of new batteries, increased requirements for due diligence and responsible sourcing of raw materials, and minimising the environmental footprint of batteries.
“We are encouraged that the proposal properly recognises that restriction of hazardous substances in batteries should only occur where an assessment of risk to human health or the environment demonstrates that it is not adequately controlled and moreover should also take into consideration an evaluation of socio-economics. Streamlining this assessment by use of existing mechanisms in the REACH Regulation is also welcomed and addresses our previous concerns regarding overlap and coherence between EU Regulation.
“Advanced lead batteries – which already supply more than 70 per cent of rechargeable battery energy storage globally – will play an increasingly important role supporting a low carbon future, which is why we welcome the ambition to both enhance Europe’s battery manufacturing capability and increase the amount of batteries recycled.
“Our industry – the entire lead and lead battery value chain – is a successful example of strategic autonomy and the circular economy in action. Lead batteries are already the most recycled battery in Europe, with all batteries which are collected at the end of their life recycled in a closed loop. Currently 80 per cent of a new lead battery made in Europe is made up of recycled materials collected in Europe and of course we support thousands of jobs and supply many other key industries and services with products that deliver clean energy that is the key to the European Green Deal .”