World Economic Forum

Global Battery Alliance

The Alliance brings together leading businesses along the entire battery value chain with governments, international organizations, NGOs and academics to actively shape a battery value chain that powers sustainable development.

Ten guiding principles covering issues from the circular recovery of battery materials, ensuring transparency of greenhouse gas emissions and their progressive reduction, to eliminating child and forced labour were agreed by 42 member organizations in January 2020.

Building upon these principles, as well as findings in the insight report: “A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030”, all Alliance’s activities aim to:

  • Establish a circular battery value chain that is a major driver to achieve the Paris Agreement targets
  • Transform the economy in the value chain, creating new jobs and economic value
  • Safeguard human rights and economic development in line with the UN SDGs

To achieve these goals, the Alliance is currently focusing on the following flagship deliverables:

Battery Passport and Sustainable Battery Label

Battery Passport is a digital platform to exchange data among all authorized lifecycle stakeholders to support a sustainable value chain for electric vehicle (EV) and stationary batteries. It will verify material provenance, disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, measure sustainability and general environmental impact, and advance battery life extension and recycling.

The Battery Passport would be the basis for exploring a sustainable battery label or quality seal to transform the market for batteries towards sustainable outcomes by 2030. By the end of 2020 a prototype will be established and by the beginning of 2023 the Passport shall be fully operational.

Three targeted Impact Programmes

1. Responsible Sourcing – Cobalt Roadmap

A responsible sourcing program with an initial focus on cobalt is created to help eliminate or reduce child and forced labor in the battery value chain before 2030. This will be done through a comprehensive systems analysis, an impact measurement framework, fostering the identification and adoption of best practices, scaling up responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and responsible sourcing of all materials in the value chain.

2. Low-Carbon Economy Programme

This programme will develop a consistent measurement of GHG emissions, strategies to lower emissions throughout the value chain and to accelerate battery adoption in electric transport and energy storage systems. This could enable 30% of the required emissions reductions to stay within the 2° Paris Agreement goal in these industries by 2030.

3. Circular Economy Programme

Blueprints and regulatory frameworks will be established to accelerate recycling, improve end-of-life management and enable the integration of batteries in the grid.

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