European battery manufacturers’ association Eurobat has welcomed a proposal by the European Commission to decarbonize the Union’s transport sector as “one of a number of sectors its members will help to decarbonize”.
The trade group predicted that vehicles from hybrids through full electric “will coexist for the foreseeable future” and, as such, “continuous efforts on the development of all battery technologies will be a fundamental cornerstone of the transition to a decarbonized economy”.
According to the group, decarbonization of sectors from energy storage and grid stability to warehouse, port logistics and telecommunication will be underpinned by battery technology. Given this, Eurobat said it also welcomed the Commission’s launch of a Battery Alliance earlier this month.
As part of the Alliance, the Commission will deploy more than €2bn ($2.3bn) from the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 to support research and innovation projects in four priority areas, all relevant for batteries: the decarbonization of the EU building stock, EU leadership on renewables, energy storage solutions and electro-mobility.
Eurobat said the programme was in line with its proposed 2030 EU Battery Strategy, launched in February.
“The global competition on the development of advanced battery technologies is particularly fierce, but the European battery industry must not lose ground compared to international competitors to enjoy the benefits in terms of competitiveness, jobs, growth and innovation,” Eurobat said.
“Therefore, we welcome the initiative of the European Commission to take into account the existing landscape of European battery manufacturing and evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the European battery value chain as well as the overall sustainability of batteries.”
EU plays catch-up on battery storage: Interview with Francesco Gattiglio, Eurobat’s EU affairs manager