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Batteries are at the very heart of the shift towards a decarbonized society, enabling energy storage of renewables, energy efficiency and hybridization and electrification of transports. EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, publishes today its call for the development of a ‘2030 Battery Strategy for Europe’. Such a strategy would lead to more coherence between the several EU policies in the field of energy, transport and environment.
For Europe as a whole, it is important to enable the future of its entire battery sector and ensure coherence between EU, regional and national policy initiatives. In particular, keeping and expanding the manufacturing base of all battery technologies in Europe will be of paramount importance for the industrial development of the European Union.
A variety of battery chemistries and technologies exists today: lead, lithium, sodium and nickel batteries. They all answer to different demands in terms of performance, capabilities and applications, and all of them are an important part of the solution to the challenges that climate change and energy dependence are presenting us with. Batteries respond to demands in different industrial sectors, from energy storage and grid stability to warehouse and port logistics, telecommunication and all modes of transport. European battery manufacturers have and will continuously create added value for European jobs, know-how and research & development. They are active in all battery market segments to various degrees, supplying batteries to European and international customers and directly employing more than 30.000 people.
With this initiative, EUROBAT asks European policy makers to cooperate with all stakeholders, including manufacturers, suppliers, value chain partners, users and civil society, to develop such ‘2030 Battery Strategy for Europe’. Such overall strategic EU policy framework would provide business certainty for European battery manufacturers, create new opportunities for all battery technologies and deliver jobs, growth and innovation in Europe. The coming two years of the current EU Parliament and Commission should be used to develop the ‘2030 Battery Strategy for Europe’.
The full text of the EUROBAT call on EU policy-makers is available here.
EUROBAT is the association for the European manufacturers of automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 52 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the automotive and industrial battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility and renewable energy storage.
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