EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, has has called for a '2030 Battery Strategy for Europe' and for greater co-ordination between EU policies on energy, transport and the environment.
In its statement EUROBAT asks the EU to recognise the paramount importance of retaining and expanding the manufacturing base of all battery technologies for the industrial development of Europe. The statement states: "Batteries are at the very heart of the shift towards a decarbonized society, enabling energy storage of renewables, energy efficiency and hybridisation and electrification of transport."
The different battery chemistries and technologies that exist today, including lead batteries, provide solutions to the different demands in terms of performance, capabilities and applications, and are an important part of the solution to the challenges that climate change and energy dependence present.
European battery manufacturers have and will continuously create added value for European jobs, know-how and research and development. They are active in all battery market segments to various degrees, supplying batteries to European and international customers and directly employing more than 30.000 people.
EUROBAT wants European policymakers to co-operate with all stakeholders, including manufacturers, suppliers, value chain partners, users and civil society, to develop a '2030 Battery Strategy for Europe'. Such overall strategic EU policy framework would provide business certainty for European battery manufacturers, create new opportunities for all battery technologies and deliver jobs, growth and innovation in Europe.
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