CATL founder calls for China review of electric vehicle battery emissions

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China should step up initiatives to study and monitor carbon footprints in the electric vehicle battery supply chain, as the country has “appeared to be lagging behind”, according to Zeng Yuqun, president of the leading battery maker. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

China is one of the world’s leading vehicle battery production centers but appears to be lagging behind other countries in terms of managing emissions in the manufacturing process, the company’s founder Zeng said on Saturday. based in Ningde, Fujian, during the World Congress of New Energy Vehicles. In Beijing.

Representatives at the meeting suggested that the government follow international standards and urged it to: establish an up-to-date carbon emissions database; encourage enterprises to improve production facilities; invest more in energy-efficient products; and further develop battery recycling activities.

While emissions from electric vehicles also depend on the source of electricity generation, they are usually a fraction of those of traditional cars. However, there is some concern raised by the amount of pollution during the production process of the batteries that power them.

Some electric vehicle manufacturers are “blindly” looking for larger products that offer longer ranges, resulting in higher per-unit energy consumption and therefore higher resource consumption, said Chen Hong, president of SAIC Motor Corp., during Of the reunion. “These should not be considered truly low-carbon products.”

Chen and the executives also expressed concerns about rising raw material costs, which they said have contributed to limiting the further development of China’s new energy vehicle industry.

“Companies in the middle to lower end of the value chain, especially automakers, are under tremendous cost pressure,” Chen said. “We all work for minors.” Lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite are essential minerals used in lithium-ion batteries.

Market commodity costs for lithium carbonate, in particular, have been rising for more than a year, with prices averaging $70,650 per ton in China at the end of July 2022, nearly eight times from September. 2021, according to a BloombergNEF report.

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