High-Quality Life Cycle Assessment for Battery Industry

HiQ-LCA 2024
01 January 2024 → 31 December 2024
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • (Waste)water treatment processes
    • Air pollution and control
    • Recycling
    • Sustainable and environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
    • Life cycle engineering
battery environmental impact and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) A sustainability perspective
Project description

The EU has set the goal to have zero emissions from cars. This further boosts the growing market for green electric vehicles (EVs). Batteries have the largest contribution to the EV's carbon footprint, and there is a strong need to reduce emissions based on validated data and benchmarks. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been increasingly implemented in EU policies in the last decades, in particular in the proposed new Batteries Regulation [2], which contains a mandatory LCA for each new battery. In addition, industry is confronted with a strong societal drive towards responsible sourcing and sustainable production. However, the reliability and representativeness of current data in LCA databases is not satisfactory. Therefore, HiQ-LCA will create representative, reliable and transparent LCA datasets, allowing to distinguish different technologies with regard to their associated environmental impacts throughout their supply chains – highly relevant information for industry, investors and founding authorities. Based on the improved data, unique LCA services will be created and commercialized via foundation of a new start-up. These services will include environmental footprint methods, quantification, benchmarking, verification and certification of products and guidance to improve the environmental performance. Furthermore, related trainings for industries will be offered. Starting with batteries, the new start-up shall become the key partner for materials-based LCA in the future.