RECHARGE reaction to the EU Commission E-mobility package
A promising initiative from the Commission
RECHARGE welcomes the communication published yesterday by the European Commission “Europe on the move- Sustainable Mobility for Europe: safe, connected and clean”, and particularly its Annex II addressing the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries. The development of “an innovative, integrated, sustainable and competitive battery value chain in Europe” is recognized as a key objective for the future European economy and the transition to clean energy.
The underlined Commission actions are of high relevance for the industry:
- Ensuring fair access to critical raw materials,
- Facilitating stakeholders’ access to adequate financial support, from large R&I projects funding coordination, to leveraging and ‘de-risking’ private sector investment for large manufacturing projects, through IPCEI or the EIB,
- Covering the full value chain and focusing on the existing Li-ion technologies and future solid-state technologies, with the preparation for the creation of a new European Technology and Innovation Platform and the launch of a large-scale Future Emerging Technologies Flagship research initiative,
- Monitoring the coherence of different regulatory instruments (e.g. REACH, Waste Framework Directive, the Batteries Directive etc) to ensure the smooth functioning of the internal market for batteries, used batteries and materials obtained from recycled batteries. The identification of the key determining factors for the production, use / reuse and recycling of safe and sustainable batteries, is welcome,
- Tackling market access distortions/barriers and unfair practices in third countries.
The Battery Industry Commitment
The Battery Industry is supporting the development of a sustainable Battery cell manufacturing sector in Europe, including the associated highly skilled workforce. RECHARGE represents its members in the Battery Alliance meetings and actively promotes the formulation of a comprehensive plan supporting the industry development. This Commission initiative creates a unique opportunity to tackle the issue of the European Battery manufacturing competitiveness. With the active engagement of its members, RECHARGE will actively contribute to the successful roll-out of this initiative.
May 18 , 2018