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Battery Minerals

32nd member forum of the “Competence Network Lithium-Ion Batteries e. V” (KliB)


29.10.2020 |

A transition in the transport sector that relies on e-mobility also requires a responsible raw materials policy. This transition includes reducing the negative ecological and social effects of extraction, processing and consumption of raw materials. As part of this transition, the demand for specific minerals is increasing. Due to their high concentration in developing countries and the massive socio-ecological challenges coming along with their extraction, lithium (the "Lithium Triangle": Argentina, Bolivia, Chile) and cobalt (DR Congo) are most strongly represented in the public debate on e-mobility. However, also minerals such as graphite, nickel and manganese as well as aluminum, copper and tin are processed in the batteries themselves or, as in the case of tin, in the vicinity of the battery. For all of these minerals, mining and other processing steps along the supply chain imply socio-ecological risks.

In order to discuss these aspects with actors from the private industry, the Sector Programme (SP) "Extractives and Development" at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) took part in the 32nd member forum of the "Competence Network Lithium-Ion Batteries e. V" (KliB) in Frankfort on October 7th, 2020. With aspects of market development and sustainability to energy-efficient battery systems or automation and artificial intelligence, the forum covered numerous topics concerning the battery sector. The SP „Extractives & Development" presented its ongoing research on responsible supply chains in battery minerals and discussed preliminary results with participants. There was a clear interest in information on socio-ecological risks in the supply chain of certain minerals. This is especially the case due to the emotional media coverage regarding this topic

The wide range of subjects provided the participants with a comprehensive overview and various perspectives of the transformation and future developments in the battery sector. This applies in particular to the responsible procurement of minerals, which is important for every stakeholder along the supply chain of battery minerals in order to comply with corporate due diligence requirements.

For further information, please contact Fabian Stähr.

 

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