Dear friends, dear interested,
Batteries are a key technology for climate protection. If we want to get away from dirty car engines and oil as well as gas heating, we need a lot more storage capacity. But today the production of batteries is often associated with environmental degradation and human rights violations. The extraction of raw materials destroys nature and the livelihoods of thousands of people. The production of batteries consumes a lot of energy. Batteries for electric cars, of all things, are rarely recycled at the end of their life. And many small battery cells for everyday use are of poor quality and quickly end up in the trash.
It can’t stay that way! How can we make batteries in a clean way? How can we make electromobility a truly green alternative to combustion engines and manufacture car batteries in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner? And how can we simultaneously increase battery production in Europe and thus secure competitiveness and jobs?
Now the European internal market can become our lever to set clear rules for the sustainability of all batteries. Because the European Commission has presented a legislative proposal for a new EU Batteries Regulation, which is now being discussed in the Council of Member States and in the European Parliament. The recycling of batteries, including sensitive materials such as lithium and cobalt, is to be massively increased. Binding due diligence rules are intended to end human rights violations and the destruction of nature. And the carbon footprint of the batteries should be limited. I myself am the green shadow rapporteur for the proposal in the leading Environment Committee of the European Parliament.
We want to discuss with you and our top-class guests whether these suggestions are enough and where the big sticking points for clean batteries are:
- Carole Dieschbourg is negotiating, as Luxembourg’s Environment Minister, the new rules for sustainable batteries in the Council of Member States
- Julia Poliscanova is Senior Director for Vehicles and E-mobility at the leading non-governmental organization Transport & Environment and heads the work on the electrification of road transport
- Christian Hagelüken is Director EU Government Affairs at Umicore, one of the largest European raw material and recycling companies for batteries
- Kristina Edström is researching the sustainable batteries of the future as the coordinator of the Battery2030+ research initiative and a professor of inorganic chemistry at Uppsala University,
WHEN: Wednesday, May 26th, 7-8.30pm
LANGUAGE: English/German with simultaneous interpretation
We look forward to an exciting webinar with you. You are welcome to invite others too!
With European greetings,
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