EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, is calling on policymakers to develop a joined-up ‘2030 Battery Strategy for Europe’ over the next two years. Batteries are a huge enabling technology in the shift to a low-carbon society and EUROBAT wants to ensure coherence between EU, regional and national policy initiatives to support long-term investment planning by manufacturers and their supply chain.
EUROBAT represents manufacturers of batteries from the automotive, energy storage and industrial sectors and believes an overarching framework could give more coherence to several EU battery and related initiatives, clarify policy overlaps and identify opportunities for synergies between different plans.
Advanced batteries are transforming the automotive industry, with a focus on powertrain hybridisation and move to full electric vehicles. They will also be crucial for the development of connected car systems, ensuring they have the power and storage to be seamlessly connected to other cars and devices such as smart phones, smart watches, traffic lights and smart homes.
Initiatives such as GEAR2030 to decarbonise the transport sector and improve low-emission mobility, research and development programmes like Horizon 2020, and the low-carbon Strategic Energy Technology Plan (including the Batstorm project for energy storage) and policies addressing sustainability and recycling of batteries need to be addressed consistently over the longer term.
EUROBAT hopes to deepen the battery industry dialogue with policymakers to develop a comprehensive framework that takes into account the existing EU battery production landscape and current initiatives to maximise effectiveness.
It recommends that the strategy should be developed in the ‘coming two years’ of the current Parliament and Commission, and should be prepared in cooperation with all stakeholders, from trade associations like ACEA, to the supply industry for batteries, users of batteries and civil society.
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