Reviewing battery progress, plans in Switzerland

December 4, 2018

As a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, RBC Executive Director Steve Christensen participated in the first working group meeting of the Alliance in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 28-29. Representatives from North America, Europe and Asia were present at the meetings to discuss approaches to lifecycle management of vehicle batteries on a global scale.Steve led several discussions on circular economy that included the application of the Green Principles for Vehicle Energy Storage and the concept of developing Key Performance Indicators for electric vehicle batteries to support a sustainable circular economy for vehicle batteries in use today and in the future.The objective of the meeting was to review the progress that has been made on the three core areas of focus for the alliance – material sourcing, circular economy and supply chain innovations – and to reach consensus on activities for the next 12 months.BackgroundThe Global Battery Alliance was founded by the World Economic Forum in 2017 to be a venue for interested stakeholders to convene and discuss approaches to vehicle battery lifecycle management. Members of the Alliance include auto manufacturers, materials suppliers, battery manufacturers, environmental NGOs, academics, think tanks and industry associations.