The European Battery Alliance (EBA) was launched in 2017 by the European Commission, EU countries, industry, and the scientific community. Batteries are a strategic part of Europe's clean and digital transition and a key enabling technology, essential to the automotive sector's competitiveness. Therefore, the Commission aims to make Europe a global leader in sustainable battery production and use.
Supported by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Battery Alliance (EBA) brings together EU national authorities, regions, industry research institutes and other stakeholders in the battery value chain.
The Commission holds meetings with interested EU countries and oversees the work of the European Battery Alliance and the implementation of the strategic action plan for batteries. EIT InnoEnergy organises stakeholder involvement in the alliance on behalf of the Commission. In total, 440 industrial and innovation actors have already joined the alliance. In addition, InnoEnergy's business investment platform provides information and improves transactions between investees and investors.
EU regions interested in collaboration on battery-related projects can join the Smart Specialisation Platform on Advanced Materials on Batteries.
The European Battery Alliance aims to develop an innovative, competitive and sustainable battery value chain in Europe.
In 2018, the Commission adopted a strategic action plan for batteries. It sets out a comprehensive framework of regulatory and non-regulatory measures to support all segments of the battery value chain and includes the 6 priority areas below.
This happens through the European Investment Bank or the state aid instrument important projects of common European interest (IPCEI).
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The industry-led Automotive Skills Alliance was launched on 10 November 2020, under the Commission’s pact for skills initiative, creating an EU framework that supports local and regional initiatives re- and up-skilling European automotive workers. It supports the automotive sector to meet long-term restructuring requirements for the ongoing green and digital transition. This alliance will build on the work of DRIVES and ALBATTS.
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The Battery Regulation was proposed on 9 December 2020.
This entails frameworks, such as the clean energy strategy, mobility packages, EU trade policy, etc.
In October 2017, Vice President Maros Šefčovič launched the European Battery Alliance together with EU countries and industry.
The alliance’s main aim is to build up battery technology and production capacity in the EU, which is crucial for low-emission mobility, energy storage, and Europe’s economic strategy. When launching the alliance, Europe had almost no battery cell manufacturing at scale. We only accounted for around 3% of the world market and faced a future with a mostly foreign-supplier-dependent EU. We expect that production in the EU will match demand by 2025. The alliance has attracted the industrial participation of some 440 actors and around €100 billion in investment commitments according to InnoEnergy.
In line with the European Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Industrial Strategy, we are working on a competitive, circular, sustainable and safe value chain for all batteries placed on the EU market. The European Battery Alliance integrates with the Commission’s interests.
The growing use of batteries will play an essential role in ensuring the transition towards a climate neutral economy.
See the tab below for a chronological account of events, meetings, speeches and press releases related to the European Battery Alliance.
Vice-President Šefčovič and EIB Vice-President McDowell met with members of the European Battery Alliance, discussing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the battery value chain, ways to contribute to the EU’s post- coronavirus recovery, and how to accelerate projects along the value chain to contribute to growth and jobs.
Within a year of the launch, the Commission action plan is in place, the first pilot production facilities are being built and further projects are announced to establish the EU as the lead player in the strategic area of battery innovation and manufacturing.
The plan was developed in close consultation with stakeholders including industry and EU countries and building on the industry-led approach. It combines targeted measures at EU level including in raw materials, research and innovation, financing/investment, standardisation/regulatory, trade and skills development. These measures aim to make Europe a global leader in sustainable battery production and use, in the context of the circular economy.
As part of European Industry Day, the forum focused on the role that European industry can play in the clean energy transition.
The launch of the European Battery Alliance by the European Commission with key industrial stakeholders, active EU countries and the European Investment Bank. This cooperative platform is aimed at facilitating the emergence of well-integrated and industry-led battery cell manufacturing projects.