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Veolia enters EV battery recycling sector

Veolia has announced its first electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling facility in the UK with a capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end-of-life batteries by 2024.

The company’s new plant in Minworth near Birmingham in the West Midlands is seen as the first step in developing its recycling technology and treatment capacity within the UK with an anticipated 350 000 tonnes of end-of-life EV batteries expected in the country by 2040.

The plant will initially discharge and dismantle batteries before the mechanical and chemical separation recycling processes is completed. In addition, Veolia will utilise its global network to establish a full circular economy solution in the next five years to produce battery precursors in Europe.

‘This is an important first step on the UK’s journey to create an ethical and sustainable supply chain for batteries that will be increasingly necessary as we transition to a greener economy,’ says Gavin Graveson, senior executive vice-president for northern Europe.

‘We will not reach carbon neutrality without increasing our investment and development of new technologies and recycling opportunities. As the demand for EV increases, we will need this facility – and more like it in the UK – to ensure we don’t hit a resource crisis in the next decade. Urban mining is essential if we are to protect raw materials and will in turn create a new, high-skilled industry.’

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