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Collection of measurement factors for sustainable batteries

Analysis | Q1 2022

The current phase of European battery cell production offers the opportunity for market conditions that are not only price-driven, but also aim at sustainability and circularity. Whether for energy storage or in electric mobility: A sustainably designed battery value chain, including recycling, can be a competitive advantage for Europe through greater acceptance. To achieve this, sustainability must be measurable and comparable. On this topic, the accompanying research team on the battery cell production funding measure in form of an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) has compiled a compact overview of relevant measurement indicators with case studies on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

This sustainability metric provides a good working basis for policy-makers and industry in shaping the battery cell manufacturing value chain. In addition, the publication provides in-depth insights into how the topic of sustainability is dealt with in China.

The study is currently available in German and will be published in English shortly.

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Market Update

Market analysis | Q4 2021

Current market developments show that the European automotive industry is well on track achieving the EU's emission reduction targets. Sufficient battery cells produced in Europe will be available to ensure a substantial electrification of drive technologies in the future.

The analysis is currently available in German and will be published in English shortly.

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Sustainability of battery cell production in Europe

Study | Q2 2021

The study examines the success factors for a sustainable battery value chain. According to forecasts, the total demand for batteries for electric vehicles, stationary storage and consumer electronics will increase sevenfold by 2030. The biggest driver of this development is the automotive industry, which will account for 80 percent of demand in 2030. Sustainably produced batteries are necessary for environmentally friendly transportation, clean energy and the goal of climate neutrality by 2045. To achieve this, the entire value-added process of battery cell production, from the extraction of raw materials to the production and recycling of batteries, must take place under extensive sustainability aspects. Based on nine theses, the authors, among other things, focus on the areas of climate protection and circular economy as well as economic efficiency and employment.

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GENDER EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY ARE KEY DRIVERS FOR INNOVATION

Short information | Q2 2021

“Gender equality is a core principle of the European Union, but it is not yet a reality. In business, politics and society as a whole, we can only reach our full potential if we use all of our talent and diversity. Using only half of the population, half of the ideas or half of the energy is not good enough.ˮ
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (March 2020): Striving for a Union of Equality – The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.*

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Market Update

Market analysis | Q2 2021

According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, around 30% of the global demand for battery cells should be supplied by German and European production by 2030. 
Current market developments show that Europe is likely to achieve this ambitious goal and that the European automotive industry can plan for battery cells from domestic production in the future.

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Battery cell manufacturing ecosystem in Europe

Study | Q1 2021

The study makes the battery cell manufacturing ecosystem in Europe transparent. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the accompanying research team has analysed the actor networks along the value chain. After all, low-cost, sustainable and high-performance energy storage systems for electric cars are crucial to the success of the mobility revolution in Europe. European players are currently doing everything they can to catch up with Asian production facilities. The study analyses the actor networks along the value chain. This reveals opportunities for more networking and future partnerships. The authors have also drawn up eight recommendations for action.

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