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17/12/2021 | INNOVATION

REVOLT: FROM SWEDEN THE NEW GREEN CELLS

By 2030, the battery cells’ demand will increase up to 14 times and approximately 250.000 tons of them will end their charging cycle. This is due to the current revolution of the electric car’s system, which is increasingly making this area of the market one of the most strategic sectors. Swedish company Northvolt plays a pivotal role in converting the European consumer-model society by manufacturing 100% sustainable battery cells. Its motto: «Take old batteries and turn them into fresh raw materials for batteries of tomorrow»

We only have one planet and data indicate that by 2050 the world will consume the same amount of resources as three planets, the consumption of materials such as fossil fuels and metals will double and the production of waste will increase by 70%. The data are reported in the introduction to the Green Deal, a new circular economy plan, which the European board signed in December 2019: «Electronic and electrical waste, or e-waste, is the fastest growing waste stream in the EU and less than 40% is recycled. Value is lost when fully or partially functional products are discarded because they are not reparable, the battery cannot be replaced, the software is no longer supported, or materials incorporated in devices are not recovered.»
On November 12th, Northvolt, a Swedish company founded in 2016 to enable the European transition to a decarbonized future announced the production of the first 100% sustainable cell. This was part of the Revolt project that aims to:

o   reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2030
o   recycle 125,000 tons of batteries per year
o   produce cells with 50% recycled materials by 2030
o   ensure 100+ charging cycles

«Better and more performant batteries will make a key contribution to the electrification of road transport, which will significantly reduce its emissions, increase the uptake of electric vehicles and facilitate a higher share of renewable sources in the EU energy mix.» is written in the section about the sustainability of batteries in the Green Deal.
Commissioner for Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius said:” With this innovative EU proposal on sustainable batteries we are giving the first big push to the circular economy under our new Circular Economy Action Plan. Batteries are essential for crucial sectors of our society such as mobility, energy and communications. Batteries are full of valuable materials and we want to ensure that no battery is lost to waste. The sustainability of batteries has to grow hand in hand with their increasing numbers on the EU market.” 
From 1 July 2024, only rechargeable industrial and electric vehicles batteries for which a carbon footprint declaration has been established, can be placed on the market.


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