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Circular Battery Value Chain Crucial to Africa's Energy Access Goals and Economic Development

Summary: 
  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA), World Economic Forum, the Energy Storage Partnership, and the Faraday Institution, with lead authorship and analysis by Vivid Economics and Öko-Institut e.V., collaborated on a new report: Closing the Loop on Energy Access in Africa. GBA led the effort – overseeing stakeholder consultation and development of the recommendations.
  • Key report findings and recommendations include:
    • Access to clean, reliable electricity is one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development in Africa, with nearly 550 million people lacking access to electricity and an additional 150 million facing unreliable connections.
    • Batteries are crucial to supporting Africa’s energy access goals, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Improvements in energy access over the next decade will drive an estimated seven- to fourteen-fold increase in stationary battery capacity in the region, to 83 GWh.
    • Meeting the growing battery demand with lower economic, environmental and human costs will require high-quality recycling and repurposing, currently non-existent across most African countries.
    • High-quality recycling and repurposing also create additional benefits, through employment and upskilling opportunities.
    • Recommendations include the creation of a coalition of stakeholders that will jointly work on market transformations through pilots, regulation, standards, enforcement, research and incentives.
Press Release
  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA), World Economic Forum, the Energy Storage Partnership, and the Faraday Institution, with lead authorship and analysis by Vivid Economics and Öko-Institut e.V., collaborated on a new report: Closing the Loop on Energy Access in Africa. GBA led the effort – overseeing stakeholder consultation and development of the recommendations.
  • Key report findings and recommendations include:
    • Access to clean, reliable electricity is one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development in Africa, with nearly 550 million people lacking access to electricity and an additional 150 million facing unreliable connections.
    • Batteries are crucial to supporting Africa’s energy access goals, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Improvements in energy access over the next decade will drive an estimated seven- to fourteen-fold increase in stationary battery capacity in the region, to 83 GWh.
    • Meeting the growing battery demand with lower economic, environmental and human costs will require high-quality recycling and repurposing, currently non-existent across most African countries.
    • High-quality recycling and repurposing also create additional benefits, through employment and upskilling opportunities.
    • Recommendations include the creation of a coalition of stakeholders that will jointly work on market transformations through pilots, regulation, standards, enforcement, research and incentives.

Global Battery Alliance Pledges to End Child Labour

Summary: 
  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) has submitted a 2021 Action Pledge to End Child Labour in the Battery Supply Chain as part of the Alliance 8.7’s campaign to encourage significant and meaningful actions in the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Child labour in the battery supply chain is an escalating issue as the demand for batteries grows rapidly to contribute to the goals for a low carbon transition.
  • The GBA will focus on four areas of action related to its pledge in 2021:
    • Development of a digital Battery Passport to track and authenticate the absence of child labour in the sourcing of cobalt and sustainability criteria of the battery;
    • Contributing to the sustainable development of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surrounding communities through the Cobalt Action Partnership;
    • Raising millions of dollars for The Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities – A Global Battery Alliance Collaboration; and
    • Convening policymakers to accelerate adoption of best practices to formalise lead-acid battery recycling.
Press Release
  • The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) has submitted a 2021 Action Pledge to End Child Labour in the Battery Supply Chain as part of the Alliance 8.7’s campaign to encourage significant and meaningful actions in the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Child labour in the battery supply chain is an escalating issue as the demand for batteries grows rapidly to contribute to the goals for a low carbon transition.
  • The GBA will focus on four areas of action related to its pledge in 2021:
    • Development of a digital Battery Passport to track and authenticate the absence of child labour in the sourcing of cobalt and sustainability criteria of the battery;
    • Contributing to the sustainable development of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surrounding communities through the Cobalt Action Partnership;
    • Raising millions of dollars for The Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities – A Global Battery Alliance Collaboration; and
    • Convening policymakers to accelerate adoption of best practices to formalise lead-acid battery recycling.

DRC Minister of Mines Joins Cobalt Action Partnership

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), as the Partnership Lead of the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP), today with CAP Implementing Partners announced that His Excellency Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni, National Minister of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is joining the CAP Steering Committee. This step demonstrates a significant step to link the global desire for responsible cobalt supply chains with the important commitment of DRC government actors. 

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