RECHARGE Policy Focus
Batteries are subject to a series of international, European and national legislations pertaining to raw materials, design, transport, use and end-of-life management. With the goal of securing a sustainable development of the European rechargeable battery industry, and, hence, acting upon the EU’s ambitions of fostering key technologies, RECHARGE and its members decided to focus on the following policy areas:
The Renewable Energy Policy
Rechargeable batteries are operated in an environmentally sound manner when the electricity used for the recharge is produced by renewable sources.
The Raw Materials Initiative
The recycling of materials used in batteries is a critical element of the life cycle of a rechargeable battery. The recovery of materials is operated by more energy efficient processes than the production of primary materials.
The Resource Efficiency Policy
The Resource Efficiency policy should not only consider the optimization of the recovery of valuable resources in Europe but it should also integrate the future of the European industry. Indeed, the recovery of raw materials in an efficient manner in Europe should in priority feed the European manufacturing industry. In this respect, the EU legislation should consider that the EU industry cannot be placed in a less competitive position than its partners at a global scale.
The Electric Mobility Policy
Advanced rechargeable batteries are key technologies for the acceptance by end users of silent and emission free vehicles. When produced by renewable energy sources, electricity is an efficient mean to power transport. The definition of a European Strategy supporting the development of new battery technologies, an electric vehicle industry and an appropriate charging infrastructure will be key for the future of European transport means.
Reduction and control of C02 and other emissions
In its 2030 climate and energy framework, the European Union has agreed to achieve a reduction of EU greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions of at least 40% by 2030 (based on 1990 levels). In January 2019, the EU revised its rules for CO2 emissions standards for new cars and vans and agreed on mechanisms to encourage the sale of more zero- and low-emission vehicles. This will certainly have an impact on the development of sustainable mobility, and is directly linked with the above Electric Mobility policy.
European Union Battery Alliance (EBA)
In 2017, the European Union has made batteries a strategic imperative for the EU’s new industrial policy goal to make the EU the world leader in innovation, digitization and decarbonization. According to the Energy Union, batteries are at the heart of the ongoing industrial revolution. RECHARGE is involved in a series of initiatives, from policy, to R&D, to manufacturing, that shall boost the creation of a sustainable, competitive battery manufacturing value chain in Europe.