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ReLiB expert gives House of Lord evidence on battery recycling challenges

An expert from the ReLiB project has given evidence to the House of Lords on the challenges face by the UK on battery recycling.

Gavin Harper, Research Fellow at the Faraday Institution, University of Birmingham, and member of ReLiB Project, spoke before the Environment and Climate Change Committee in the UK House of Lords on October 18.

Environment and Climate Change Committee was hearing evidence on End-of-Life EV batteries and batteries recycling challenges

In his evidence, Gavin said: “If we want a circular economy for electric car batteries we only have one small part of the circle at the moment.

“We have not got all of the additional elements that are required.

“It is important that capacity is built in lock step with the waste arising. It is no good building lots of processing facilities and not having the material to service those facilities.

“The challenge that we may have at this very early stage is that we may have lots of people that want to shred batteries but not sufficient waste arisings to actually make those facilities viable.”

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Bringing together leading academic experts, the overarching aim of the ReLiB project is to establish a technology pipeline and provide a clear roadmap for the efficient end-of-life management of electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries in the UK, encompassing both current and future battery chemistries.

The other witnesses to take part included Cory Reynolds, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director for Veolia UK, Ken Byng, Senior Manager at Limited and Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman of Technology Minerals Plc.

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