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 focus on the following policy areas:
Renewable Energy Policy
Advanced rechargeable batteries play a pivotal role in the transition towards renewable energy generation. Energy storage is critical to ensuring a smooth energy production by balancing the grid in off-peak and low electricity production periods. Advanced rechargeable batteries can provide a reliable and permanent interface between the production site and the electricity grid.
Advanced rechargeable batteries also power electric vehicles, significantly contributing to the EU’s goal of a climate-neutral, zero-emission mobility system. To charge these batteries in an environmentally sound manner, RECHARGE calls for the use of renewable energy sources.
Resource Efficiency Policy
At RECHARGE we believe in the efficient use of our resources. By researching into advanced materials technologies, manufacturing rechargeable batteries with a superior lifetime performance and optimizing the recovery of high-impact raw materials, the industry can provide for a sustainable raw materials supply, today and in the future.
In this respect, RECHARGE advocates a supporting policy framework that fosters long-term investments in technological advancements and does not jeopardize the competitiveness of the European battery industry at international scale.
Raw Materials Policy
Battery demand is steadily increasing to enable the transition towards green, zero-emission mobility and decarbonized energy generation. Economically, environmentally and socially responsible raw material sourcing, and securing supply of primary raw materials are critical to meeting today’s and future demand, hence.
Equally important is to increase the contribution of secondary raw materials in the materials mix. The recycling of materials used in batteries is a critical element of the life cycle of a rechargeable battery. Since the recovery of battery-relevant materials can often be operated by more energy efficient processes than the production of primary materials, waste treatment must be a viable part of a both dynamic and responsible sourcing culture.
Since batteries contain a series of different chemicals, RECHARGE is also actively involved in chemicals policy, including advocacy work in REACH, RoHS or CLP.
Mobility and Emissions Policy
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.
Advanced rechargeable batteries are key technologies for silent and low-emission electric vehicles, from bicycles and scooters, to cars and buses, to lorries and aircrafts. When produced by renewable energy sources, electricity is a truly green mean to power transport.
To reach the full potential of batteries to help decarbonize the European mobility system, RECHARGE calls for increased renewables-based electricity generation, the further development of a comprehensive and smart charging infrastructure, and a policy environment that allows for continued investments in advanced battery technologies.