China must commit to battery recycling in electric vehicle boom: Greenpeace

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China must step up recycling and reuse of batteries for electric vehicles to ease supply tensions and reduce pollution and carbon emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday.

While the deployment of electric vehicles is an important environmental initiative, battery manufacturing consumes a lot of energy and carbon and puts the supply of key raw materials like lithium and cobalt under great pressure, the group said in a research report.

“We’re about to see a tidal wave of old EV batteries hit China,” said Ada Kong, senior program director for Greenpeace East Asia. “The government’s response will have huge ramifications for Xi Jinping’s 2060 commitment to carbon neutrality.

Greenpeace said 12.85 million tonnes of lithium-ion EV batteries will be offline globally between 2021 and 2030, while more than 10 million tonnes of lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese will be mined for new batteries.

The reused batteries could be used as backup power systems for Chinese 5G stations or reused in shared electric bikes, and would save 63 million tonnes of carbon emissions from manufacturing new batteries, he said. valued.

He said the total global demand for energy storage could be met by old EV batteries by 2030.

China, the world’s largest user of electric vehicles and manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries, has launched its own battery recycling programs to cope with the expected rise in usage and is also implementing tracing systems that will follow the entire life of a battery, from manufacture to disposal.

Reporting by David Stanway; Edited by Michael Perry

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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