Euro Manganese has become a member of the Global Battery Alliance, a partnership of leading organizations from across the battery value chain, governments, academics, and NGOs who have mobilized to ensure that battery production not only supports green energy, but also safeguards human rights and promotes environmental sustainability.
Euro Manganese is the first high-purity manganese company to join the GBA. The Global Battery Alliance is a public-private collaboration platform founded in 2017 to help establish a sustainable battery value chain by 2030. It brings together leading international organizations, NGOs, industry actors, academics, and multiple governments to align collectively to drive systemic change along the entire value chain.
Members commit to a set of Ten Guiding Principles established as a necessary condition for a sustainable and responsible battery value chain, with a focus on: Establishing a circular battery value chain as a major driver to achieve the Paris Agreement; Establishing a low-carbon economy in the value chain, creating jobs and additional economic value; and
Safeguarding human rights and economic development consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The company intends to participate in discussions around battery materials transparency and traceability, particularly as the GBA advances development of the Battery Passport. The Battery Passport will be a digital representation of an electric vehicle battery. Batteries that meet strict quality and sustainability standards will be awarded a quality seal, providing customers with assurance of responsible manufacturing processes.
Dr. Matthew James, Euro Manganese’s president and CEO, said: “We are very pleased to join the GBA to work alongside peers in assisting with the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy. We share the GBA’s goals of circularity, environmental protection, and sustainable development. The Battery Passport will be a valuable resource to measure EV battery quality and improve overall industry sustainability performance.
“Responsibly extracted and produced battery materials are the foundation of the battery value chain. Our Chvaletice Project in the Czech Republic is the only sizable manganese resource in Europe and will produce fully-traceable high-purity manganese products for the EV industry in an environmentally responsible manner. As a unique, waste-to-value recycling and remediation opportunity that involves reprocessing old tailings from a decommissioned mine, our project’s environmental credentials include a low carbon footprint and a net positive benefit from remediation of the historic tailings area. The Company has recently undertaken a Life Cycle Assessment to quantify the Chvaletice Project’s environmental impact, the results of which we intend to announce soon.”