The German government itself has announced the creation of a consortium of car manufacturers and battery producers, through which the creation of the so-called “battery passport” with which it will be possible to trace the content and carbon footprint of the same in Europe. Among the manufacturers that make up the consortium are companies such as BMW, Umicore and BASF, among others.
This consortium has been financially supported by the German Government itself with a investment of 8.2 million euros to carry out this initiative. This project is made up of a total of 11 partners companies, which support the development of a classification and new common standards with which collect, disclose and catalog each of the types of drums and its corresponding chemical and manufacturing composition. This standard, once it is accepted and ratified, may become mandatory for implementation within the borders of the European Union.
This proposal will be discussed and agreed upon at the end of this year in order to create the aforementioned labeling standard. It will make it clear that all rechargeable electric vehicles, light transport and industrial batteries sold within the borders of the European Union itself they will be forced to disclose their carbon footprint in all markets from 2024while their corresponding manufacturers will have the obligation to comply with the CO2 emission limits as of 2027. As of that same year, they must also disclose the content of recycled raw materials that have been used in their composition, but it will not be until the year 2030 when a minimum proportion of recycled cobalt, lithium, nickel and lead is required, yet to be stipulated.
These aforementioned regulations have already been exposed by the European executive, however, this announced German business consortium is the first in the entire region that is launched to adapt a uniform battery labeling system for its 11 component companies. These could create the bases that would later host other external corporations belonging to regions outside the European Union.
A priori, your batteries could be identified through recurring QR codes through which, once a reader is used to access its information, the composition and certificates of the component itself can be read. This information must be exposed to companies, regulators and even the owner of the electric vehicle in question.
Within everything that this regulatory framework entails, additionally it is expected that this new utility can be used in a concise way to facilitate the recycling of raw materials of which that battery is made up once it has fallen into disuse and must be scrapped. This utility may mean a reduction in dependence on foreign suppliers that control most of the resources available up to now, such as lithium, cobalt or nickel, which we have been witnessing for months of their enormous rise in prices, being of use essential in the very manufacture of these devices.