Sustainable battery recycling business, Primobius GmbH (“Primobius”) has welcomed the recently announced proposal for new battery regulations by the European Commission.
The batteries regulation aims to:
- Harmonise product requirements for batteries
- Minimise environmental impact of batteries
- “Close the loop” by improving battery collection and sustainable recycling of materials
- Provide legal certainty to promote investments and boost the production capacity of sustainable batteries in Europe and beyond
The European Battery Alliance (“EBA”) has described the regulatory framework as “the single most important tool that enables Europe to build a truly sustainable battery industry supporting Europe’s transition to electrification”.
In particular, the regulation features measures that will help to increase recycling of all types of batteries including new requirements and targets on the content of recycled materials and collection, treatment and recycling of batteries at the end-of-life part.
Primobius Managing Director Mr Michael Tamlin welcomed the news, saying the proposed regulation was extremely positive for the Company’s battery recycling business, a 50:50 joint venture with SMS group GmbH (“SMS group”) and Neometals Ltd. Primobius has a proprietary sustainable process for recovering nickel, cobalt and other valuable materials from scrap and spent lithium-ion batteries.
“This is a very fantastic development for Primobius, and one we’ve been anticipating for some time,” he said.
“An increase in recycling and the mandated use of recycled content in new batteries supports the notion of a circular economy, or closing the loop, allowing more efficient use of materials and reducing dependency on non-domestic sourcing.
“This development bodes well for Primobius’ commercialisation aspirations, particularly because our recycling technology and business model are so closely aligned with the EU’s decarbonisation and clean energy objectives.”
A short summary and highlights of the proposal has been published on the EBA250 website.
Links to the European Commission documents can be found: