October 10, 2019: EUROBAT president Marc Zoellner has urged the EU to support all battery technologies in its Charge the Future campaign, which was launched on October 1.
“The battery industry employs more than 30,000 people in plants across the EU mostly working in advanced lead battery manufacturing and recycling,” said Zoellner, who is also CEO of German battery maker Hoppecke. “Europe urgently needs the development of a real industrial battery strategy. To invest, businesses need clarity on future policy together with joined-up and consistent legislation.
“We already have a successful advanced lead battery value chain in the EU, batteries that are manufactured here and are fully recycled and re-used.
“We must grasp the opportunity to build on this foundation and strengthen our battery manufacturing capability, making Europe a world leader in green battery technologies.”
EUROBAT said that while batteries were set to ‘power the EU’s energy transformation’, research and manufacturing centres still needed to be developed with a range of technologies and co-operation all round.
“Our external communications team have already reached out to a selection of newly elected and current MEPs for whom we have prepared a welcome pack,” said Gert Meylemans, senior communications manager at EUROBAT.
“This includes an overview of the future. We have not received a formal response, but the next step, as always, is to contact them to see if they received it with a view to presenting the association to them as soon as possible and convey our policy asks and manifesto to them.”
In the campaign, EUROBAT sets out five areas in which lead batteries play a vital part: innovation; industrial growth; clean mobility; clean energy; and the circular economy.
“Lead batteries are integral to essential products and services including vehicles, renewable energy storage, back-up for mobile telecoms and data centres. They are used for many other applications including industrial energy and powering forklift trucks, as well as throughout the rail and mass transit industry,” said Meylemans.