4 May 2021

Battery recycling (Energising the UK battery supply chain - part 3)

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SCI and proudly supported by the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee

Online webinar: 10:00 - 11:30 (BST)

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Battery Recycling

It is estimated that the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 could leave the UK with 600,000 tonnes (1.2 million m3) of Li-ion battery waste per annum by 2045-50. If the UK can integrate efficient battery recycling and manufacturing – joining the end of the supply chain to the beginning – it can reduce its dependency on long-distance imports of in-demand raw materials such as lithium, nickel, and cobalt.

Battery recycling will have its role in increasing the resilience of the UK’s battery manufacturing supply chain, reducing the carbon emissions associated with raw material extraction and shipping, and ensuring that valuable materials stay out of landfill.

For this workshop, SCI and the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee (CCIC) have organised a program of speakers from both industry and academia to cover the latest developments in EV battery recycling. These talks will be followed by breakout discussions between participants, enabling them to meet others working on these technologies, and discuss what is needed to make battery recycling work at-scale in the UK.

Energising the UK battery supply chain series – Introduction

A major focus of SCI’s work with the Chemistry Council recognises that the government in its Road to Net Zero, is banning the sale of all internal combustion engines by 2030. We must therefore act rapidly to scale-up an integrated UK battery supply chain, to adequately support the bourgeoning electric car industry.

As part of our programme to deliver this, SCI is bringing together chemists, suppliers, manufacturers and innovators at every point within the supply chain, and in doing so building the community that will address the challenges of scaling-up of electric vehicle production within the UK. 

In parts 1 and 2, over 70 participants from industry and government have come together to discuss the needs of the community. Common themes identified in these workshops include:

  • Scale-up at speed
  • Developing standards for materials testing
  • Skills and knowledge
  • Next generation technology.


This workshop is primarily designed to engage those actively working in or with the battery production industry, or policymakers whose decisions may affect it. Spaces are limited – therefore, if you are new to the ‘Energising the UK battery supply chain series’, and wish to attend this workshop, please send a 50–100-word description of your work to Will.Atkinson@soci.org, outlining how you fit into one of the above stakeholder categories.


4 May 2021

Welcome and introduction
David Bott, SCI
Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
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Prof. Andy Abbott, University of Leicester
Talk tbc
Mark Bedford, Johnson Matthey
Breakout discussions
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