THE EU has published an ambitious strategy to create a carbon-neutral economy and society by 2050 and batteries are critical to achieving its goals.
By blazing a trail for the rest of the world to follow in its report, A Clean Planet for all, it has set out a new plan to transform energy usage and boost electrification.
And it is timely. The United Nations warns that global emissions of harmful greenhouse gases continue to increase and there is a real risk of triggering irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.
So ahead of the #COP24 climate talks taking place in Poland in the next few weeks, the EU is signalling both the urgency and the scale of the challenges ahead.
Its report points to the central role energy will play in bringing about a transformation – given as it says that “energy is responsible for more than 75 per cent of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.”
This clean energy transition will, the report predicts, double the demand for electricity and bring with it a requirement for smarter and more flexible systems, greater interconnectivity and improved energy storage deployed on a much larger scale.
To achieve this there will need to be a high degree of regulatory alignment and substantial investment in research.
This will require a close partnership with industry, who in turn will need to embrace the challenge of decarbonising their own processes and systems.
And the EU must be prepared to listen to industry when it comes to smarter regulatory alignment and supporting business as it changes to support these goals.
Advanced lead batteries will play a critical role in supporting transition and as a consortium for battery innovation we will work closely with European partners to unlock the funding and the research which will help the EU meet its targets.
The potential gains for society and industry are significant. And as both the UN and the EU point out, we’re running out of time and we must act now.