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Carbon Footprint Compliance: EU Battery Regulations Guide

By Adriana Merino, Irdanto Saputra Lase

As the new EU battery regulation has been enacted, this document acts as a guide to understanding the methodology for the calculation and verification of the Carbon Footprint (CF) of electric vehicle batteries, and what the direct impact of the regulation will be on your business. Our guide specifically focuses on the usage of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the calculations of a product’s CF, as it has been widely adopted for European regulatory compliance.


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What you will gain from this paper

This guide offers a detailed overview of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and its application in the battery industry, highlighting the life cycle stages from raw material extraction to end-of-life and recycling. It emphasises the need for customised LCA models for different batteries to capture their unique carbon footprint and environmental impact complexities. Additionally, the guide discusses key methodological topics and underscores the importance of this discussion, given that the European Delegated Act on carbon footprint for batteries used in EVs is still not finalised.

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This guide is focused on batteries and battery materials.

New Demands for Battery Carbon Footprint

The EU Battery Regulation mandates carbon footprint declarations for batteries used in electromobility and energy storage. This regulation includes both current technologies like lithium-ion batteries and emerging ones such as solid-state and sodium-ion batteries.

Implementation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Understanding and implementing LCA methodology is crucial for compliance. This section provides a comprehensive breakdown of how LCA works, its various stages—such as raw material extraction, manufacturing, transport, and end-of-life recycling—and its significance in calculating the carbon footprint of batteries.

Impact on Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Explore how the new regulations specifically affect the EV industry, including the implications for battery manufacturers, automotive companies, and the broader supply chain. Understand the strategies needed to meet the carbon footprint requirements and maintain market competitiveness.

Data Requirements for LCA

Accurate carbon footprint calculations depend on robust data. Learn about the types of data required, such as primary and secondary data, the importance of supply chain collaboration, and how to manage data collection effectively to ensure compliance.

Navigating Regulatory Uncertainty

With the European Delegated Act still not definitive, this guide provides insights into the potential changes and how businesses can prepare for evolving regulations to stay ahead of compliance requirements.


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