In Europe, a new battery labeling and requirements for their production will be introduced

Posted by kachalo on 27 ноября, 2021 in government | Short Link

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The «toxicity» of the raw materials themselves and production relations will also be an important point. That is, it can be assumed with a high degree of confidence that those manufacturers will be prohibited from entering the European battery market if the raw materials for their products were obtained using child and slave labor, as well as if human rights were violated during production itself — an unworthy level of wages, lack of vacations, problem with maternity leave, or sick leave …

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Now in Europe there is already a battery manufacturer that meets all the above standards, this is the Swedish company #northvolt, which will have two factories in Sweden (one is working, and the second is being completed), and one plant is being built in Germany together with # Volkswagen. This company, as it is not difficult to guess, fully supports these decisions of the European Union, since they initially, when creating the company, set themselves just such restrictions.

Labeling will be required and will need to reflect the true carbon footprint of lithium batteries. That is, it will not be possible to supply lithium batteries to the European market, saying that they are environmentally friendly if, for example, electricity generated at a coal-fired power plant was used in their production. The minimum electricity should be from gas generation, and preferably from renewable energy sources. Batteries from the lowest category, with the highest carbon footprint, will be banned from supply to the EU from 2027. And God forbid, if the raw materials for the production of the battery came from a place where it is impossible to control the labor process during its extraction. Here, ethical issues are at the forefront.

And of course the issue of Recycling in this program is one of the most important. The durability of batteries, and their subsequent complete re-processing, are an integral part of the decarbonisation of transport and energy. Although the European battery industry is still in its infancy, it is growing at a tremendous rate. It will soon be delivering significant volumes to the market and therefore there is an immediate need for carbon labeling.

The International Energy Agency estimates that 245 million electric vehicles will be produced by 2030. Therefore, it is important to address the issues of the carbon footprint in the electric vehicle industry and the recycling of batteries now, and this process is going in the right direction and at the required speed.

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