Supporting a competitive and sustainable value chain in the EU

2019-12-06

On December 5th the permanent representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels hosted a seminar about the economic, environmental and societal value of batteries for Europe. 

Around 80 battery experts, policymakers and stakeholders met at the event that was jointly organised by the Finnish Presidency of the Council, the Nickel Institute, EUROBAT and RECHARGE.

The objective of the seminar was to present and discuss the latest technological developments in the battery value chain and their contribution to achieving a decarbonized economy. Raising awareness amongst EU policymakers of the opportunities and challenges the battery value chain is facing was also on the agenda.

Joana Szychowska, head of DG Growth, kicked off the meeting.

Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University and Coordinator of BATTERY 2030+, was one of the participants in a panel discussion about the future of the European battery industry during the event.

Kristina Edström, Professor of
Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala
University and Coordinator of
BATTERY 2030+.

"It is imperative that we make sure to meet the skill and competence needs for this growing industry. Here the European researchers will inspire the involvement of the best young brains to the benefit of European industry. Research and skills development go hand in hand", says Kristina Edström.

The panel focused on the state of the European battery industry, the contribution of battery technologies to the transition to an energy-efficient and decarbonized society and the opportunities to further stimulate the development of a sustainable and competitive battery industry in Europe.    

A second panel then discussed obstacles and opportunities for the broader regulatory environment for the battery industry.