Global Battery Alliance

Long term ambition

Global Battery Alliance seeks to ensure that the battery value chain is socially responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable and innovative.



  • By 2025, the battery market will reach $100 billion, primarily driven by the growing global stock of electric vehicles. However, this growth comes at a social and environmental toll

  • Raw materials needed for batteries are linked to social and environmental issues

  • No scaled systems are in place to enable re-use and recycling of over 11 million tons of the spent lithium-ion batteries forecast to be discarded by 2030

  • Innovation potential remains unexploited along the value chain, holding back greater supply chain transparency, business model and technological innovation



  • Support responsible and sustainable supply chains of key raw materials

  • Accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for batteries

  • Support collaboration to unlock innovation along the value chain


Project description

With respect to circular economy pillar in the Alliance:

  • The circular economy market and its potential evolution over time will be assessed in a scoping study (by early 2019)

  • Opportunities to lower repurposing and re-use costs for batteries will be assessed (e.g. standard-setting, establishing a framework to help address regulatory and liability challenges)

  • Barriers to recycling of electric vehicle battery will be quantified and a public-private pilot launched to test scalable solutions 

  • A portable electronics collection pilot is being scoped to test how materials can be recovered more efficiently