Transport & Environment (T&E), a European NGO whose mission is “a zero-emission mobility system that is affordable and has minimal impacts on our health, climate, and environment,” commissioned Minviro, a raw material life cycle analysis firm, this month to compare the carbon emissions from emerging solid-state battery technology to current battery chemistries.
Because solid-state batteries have a higher energy density, they require less materials to make – around 24% less on average. Not surprisingly, using 24% fewer materials results in 24% less emissions.
The study also discovered that if solid-state batteries are manufactured using the most sustainably available components, new battery technologies can lower the climate effect of batteries even more – by 39 percent compared to present lithium batteries.
Cleaner extraction and processing of raw materials in solid-state batteries will reduce their climatic effect even more. Improving supply chain procedures will be critical.
T&E is urging lawmakers to guarantee that legislation incentivizes the manufacturing of low-carbon batteries and raises lithium recycling objectives to 70% in 2025 and 90% in 2030. Both are more than the EU Commission’s proposal.
This is a Syndicate Feed; researched and edited by Clean-Future Team