Gavin Graveson, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia Northern Europe:
We welcome the Government’s UK Battery Strategy and the recognition that more investment and innovation are needed if the UK wants to achieve its decarbonisation and electrification targets.
Global demand for batteries is expected to grow by more than five times by 2030 and if the UK wants to be a world leader in the clean technology industry, we must push forward first and foremost with design for recyclability, this is critical to enable more materials to be successfully recovered. We also need to support local authorities to collect batteries safely to avoid fires in recycling centres and we need the new regulations to be drafted and enforced as soon as possible.
Veolia already operates a battery recycling facility in the UK, but we need swift action to ensure that the next generation of batteries can be better recycled.