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EUROBAT launches campaign to promote lead battery use in Europe

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton
EUROBAT launches campaign to promote lead battery use in Europe

EUROBAT— the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers— has launched a campaign to promote advanced lead batteries as a key technology in Europe’s industrial strategy. 

Through its ‘Charge the Future’ campaign the association is urging legislators to recognise the role lead batteries can have in the European Union’s (EU) decarbonisation and electrification objective. 

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Industry associations join forces to improve global lead battery recycling practices

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton
Industry associations join forces to improve global lead battery recycling practices

Lead industry associations across North America and Europe have signed a memorandum of cooperation to add their weight to efforts to reduce the impact of informal recycling of lead batteries around the world.

The International Lead Association (ILA), Battery Council International, the European battery association EUROBAT and the Association of Battery Recyclers signed the pact as part of a programme of responsible material stewardship.

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Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 17:39 -- John Shepherd
Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

The European Union needs to rethink competition laws to better compete in the batteries market with Asian players, a German ministerial aide has told European battery manufacturers.

But Thomas Bareiss (pictured), parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, admitted that while Germany wanted to be “agnostic” in terms of its support for battery technologies, lithium-ion is currently favoured over lead-acid to build a European battery cells industry to cater for electric vehicles.

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Eurobat bid to curb ‘lost’ EV batteries

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Europe is being urged to overhaul regulations to ensure more lithium-ion batteries are kept in the bloc for recycling— instead of being ‘lost’ when end-of-life electric vehicles are exported to be scrapped.

The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, Eurobat, has warned the “relative scarcity of these batteries entering the recycling stream is currently preventing the development of a business case for recyclers”.

This makes lithium-based EV batteries a net ‘taker’ of raw materials, Eurobat said.

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Plural thinking needed on battery research

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:18 -- John Shepherd
Plural thinking needed on battery research

As EU bureaucrat Joanna Szychowska rolled out lines at last week’s Eurobat event in Brussels about the EU’s so called action plan for batteries— which is focused solely on lithium-ion— a lone voice from the International Lead Association called out for plurality in research and for inclusion for research funding for lead batteries.

Dr Alistair Davidson (pictured) extolled the virtues of lead which the Eurobat audience had heard many times before— safe, recyclable, low-cost and now innovative— explaining that the Advanced Lead Acid Battery consortium did all its R&D with just $5 million in funding as opposed to the billions the EU is about to put in the hands of  European researchers.

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EU misguided on battery thinking

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:07 -- Anonymous
EU misguided on battery thinking

A fresh call for the European Commission to rethink its ideas on battery regulation with regard to REACH and ELV was made last week by Chis Herron, of the lobby group Eurometeaux, which represent the non-ferrous metals industry.

Speaking at a half-day Eurobat forum in Brussels, Herron hit home hard with a simple proposition: “If Europe wants a battery industry to match its clean mobility goals, it must have a healthy metals sector.” And that is under threat from current and future scrutiny.

 

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EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:14 -- John Shepherd
EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

The European Commission has pledged to pump EUR200 million ($232.5m) of fresh funding into developing “next generation electric batteries” in the EU over the next three years.

The announcement took industry insiders by surprise— coming three months before the Commission is due to finalise a “comprehensive roadmap” to fund an EU ‘batteries alliance’.

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EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.

Lead producers called on the Commission to urgently rethink its proposals last week, after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič used an industry summit in Brussels to float proposals to invest in large-scale battery cells production— but failed to outline support for Europe’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.

 

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New levels of protection for lead battery workers

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:03 -- Paul Crompton
New levels of protection for lead battery workers

The lead battery industry is aiming to reduce worker blood lead levels to below 20mcg/dL (microgrammes per deciliter).

Two trade associations, representing battery manufacturers in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, have set the new target after completing a three-year voluntary programme to reduce levels to below 30mcg/dL.

 

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Batteries are key to EU’s new transport policy

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Batteries are key to EU’s new transport policy

EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, has welcomed the strong focus on battery manufacturing in the EU’s new ‘Europe on the Move' policy package.

The European Commission launched the policies to make Europe’s transport sector, which employs more than 11 million people, more competitive, better connected and cleaner. The policy document says it wants to “ensure that the best clean, connected and automated mobility solutions, transport equipment and vehicles will be developed, offered and manufactured in Europe.”

 

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