EU to tighten battery standards for electric vehiclesDecember 1, 2020
Europe plans to impose stricter environmental requirements on batteries as part of a sweeping plan to promote electric vehicles and clean energy.
The European Union will strive to set a global standard in a fast-growing market and next month it will propose regulations to ensure that all batteries sold in the region are greener throughout their entire lifecycle.
“We estimate that the EU will become the world’s second largest battery market,” said EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius in an interview. “The number of batteries placed on the EU market and their importance will only grow in the coming years. Their stability must not lag behind. “
The EU has already poured billions into its Battery Alliance project to compete with Asia, which is currently the only supplier of batteries for electric vehicles in Europe. The European Commission estimates that the market value of batteries in the region will reach € 250 billion ($ 300 billion) by 2025, and production capacity can meet the needs of the automotive industry.
Germany and France, where the main car manufacturers are located, are leading the development of the European battery industry. Last year, the EU approved € 3.2 billion in aid for a project spanning seven countries, including industrial giants such as BASF, as well as automakers BMW and PSA Group.
To make batteries more environmentally friendly, Sinkevičius said, the EU will require more responsible sourcing of raw materials, the use of clean energy in production, a reduction in the proportion of hazardous substances, increased energy efficiency and longer service life. According to him, the new rules will affect batteries produced in the bloc of 27 countries and brought from abroad.
“The new concept should be applied to all types of batteries and all types of battery chemistry, regardless of whether they are sold separately or contained in products,” said Sinkevičius. “This ensures that similar but different obligations apply to different types of batteries.”
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