Sustainable batteries: an ally for the green recovery

EUSEW 2020 | Day 2 | Sustainable Batteries: an ally for the green recovery

Sustainable and ultra-high-performance batteries are key enablers to realise a Green Recovery and achieve a climate-neutral society. Clean mobility with low carbon dioxide emissions and an overarching supply of renewable energy are the most essential steps to reach this goal. The development of batteries is fundamental and has come a long way, today paving the way for affordable and safe e-vehicles on a large global scale, as well as stationary storage and other applications. Batteries are a key technology to enable a climate-neutral society and, given nowadays circumstances, shall represent the opportunity to recover from the pandemic crisis by boosting the re-build of the economy with better focus on green solutions. In order to do so, the batteries manufactured in Europe need to be sustainable throughout the whole value chain. The European battery R&I and industry must improve cyclability, recyclability and be safe and sustainable. We must hence discover and develop alternative materials and new emerging technologies. In addition, education and new knowledge have to be an integral part of European manufacturing and R&I to ensure competence building and world-leading technologies. It is of great importance that the energy transition can rely on a competitive European battery value chain.

This session aims to give a clear picture of how battery R&I is crucial to give Europe the possibility to succeed with the green recovery. The session will portray the current challenges encountered by the battery industry and provide answers on how to tackle them, such as boosting research, education, knowledge and communication. How will we build knowledge and industrial capacity to reach climate neutrality at the same time as we create jobs, competitiveness and excellence along the full battery value chain? What are the most urgent challenges to tackle in the short-term and in a longer perspective?

Battery industry representatives, researchers and policy makers will be involved to illustrate the status of the European battery scene and what key issues need to be improved to achieve the green recovery of European companies and a climate-neutral society.

 The take-away of the discussions should be how to ensure a sustainable, competitive and independent battery value chain that targets climate neutrality, entirely inserted in the circular economy. It also aims to underline the role of the next generation of sustainable batteries as allies in the Europe Gr


InnoEnergy CEO
Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Uppsala University
Chief Environmental Officer
Head of Unit for Waste Management & Secondary Materials
European Commission - DG Environment
Policy Officer
European Commission - DG GROW
Head of Unit for 'Innovation, clean technologies and competitiveness'
European Commission - DG ENER
Director Innovation Solutions for Energy