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European Battery Alliance

European Battery Alliance

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.

What is the European Battery Alliance and why does it matter?

Who can join and how?

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.

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What does the alliance do?

The European Battery Alliance aims to develop an innovative, competitive and sustainable battery value chain in Europe.

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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.

Supporting European battery cell manufacturing and other investments

This happens through the European Investment Bank or the state aid instrument important projects of common European interest (IPCEI).

Strengthening industrial leadership through accelerated research and innovation programmes

Securing a highly skilled workforce along the whole value chain

This is done through projects such as

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.

For more information, please send an email to info@skills-alliance.eu.

Supporting a sustainable EU battery cell manufacturing industry

The Battery Regulation was proposed on 9 December 2020.

Ensuring consistency with broader frameworks

This entails frameworks, such as the clean energy strategy, mobility packages, EU trade policy, etc.

Background

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.

EBA Interfaces

Green Deal

  • Reach climate neutrality by 2050
  • Reduce transport emissions by 90% in 2050
  • Help companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies

European Industrial Policy

  • Retain the EU as global centre for automotive & energy storage innovation and competitiveness
  • Bolster Europe’s resilience and strategic autonomy in critical industrial sectors
  • Support the creation & retention of skilled jobs in the EU

The growing use of batteries will play an essential role in ensuring the transition towards a climate neutral economy.

Timeline

See the tab below for a chronological account of events, meetings, speeches and press releases related to the European Battery Alliance.

European Battery Alliance timeline

24-27 November 2020 - European Networking Conference on Batteries

14 October 2020 - Latest Meeting of the friends of the EU Battery Alliance in the EU Parliament

19 May 2020 - Meeting of 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.

26 September 2019 - 4th High-level meeting on the EU Battery Alliance 

30 April 2019 - 3rd High-level meeting on the EU Battery Alliance

9 April 2019 - Report on the Implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries

15 October 2018 - The European Battery Alliance announces their progress within one year

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. 

16 May 2018 - Strategic action plan on batteries

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. 

22 - 23 February 2018 - Clean Energy Industrial Forum

As part of European Industry Day, the forum focused on the role that European industry can play in the clean energy transition. 

12 February 2018 - 2nd high-level meeting on the EU Battery Alliance

11 October 2017 - 1st high-level meeting on the EU Battery Alliance

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.

Contact

Policy-related questions: ec-battery-alliance@ec.europa.eu
You may submit questions on the work and organisation of the alliance via the European Battery Alliance contact page.