ILA, CBI open new Brussels office

ILA, CBI open new Brussels office

ILA, CBI open new Brussels office 400 400 Batteries International

April 21, 2023: The International Lead Association and Consortium for Battery Innovation announced yesterday they have opened an office in Brussels to support the lead and lead battery value chains, and planned energy storage projects, as the EU strengthens its commitment to delivering on net zero ambitions. 

The ILA said the decision to establish an EU base reinforced its long-term commitment to developing a sustainable lead value chain in Europe, as decision-makers focus on strengthening the EU’s strategic autonomy and embedding circular economy principles. 

ILA managing director Andy Bush said: “The EU benefits from well-established lead and lead battery value chains and there is a need to nurture and develop the industry and the technologies we support on a much bigger scale to meet ambitious climate targets.”

Bush said while the ILA has been working in Brussels for many years, the new office would be a base from which to maximise support for the lead industry as well as continuing to engage in important regulatory discussions.

The move comes as the EU introduces new proposals designed to shore-up the supply of critical raw materials and boost low carbon industries in the shape of the Net-Zero Industry Act.

Meanwhile, a proposal to include lead on the REACH authorization list is being fiercely opposed by the ILA.

The joint office will also act as a base for CBI’s energy storage work, with a focus on new projects working in collaboration with EU institutions, member companies and other partners.

CBI director Alistair Davidson said the new office would build on the research group’s recent success in winning a Horizon 2020 project to develop innovative microgrid technology for off-grid communities. 

“We are working with a wide range of partners in Europe to develop more energy storage projects which will help the EU meet net zero targets through innovative battery-based solutions,” he said.

These include developing pre-competitive technical blueprints for applications such as EV charging stations and renewable energy storage facilities.

Initially, two employees will be based at the Brussels office.

Athanasia-Maria Tompolidi joins CBI as a research and innovation manager and Nicola Filizola (pictured) becomes senior external affairs manager.

Tompolidi holds a PhD on mineral mapping by using machine learning for satellite image analysis from Harokopio University of Athens, in collaboration with the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications, and Remote Sensing — a non-profit research institute in Greece.

Filizola has more than 15 years’ experience engaging with national and local governments, European institutions, industry, and R&D organizations.