Altilium welcomes the publication of the UK government’s Battery Strategy and its commitment to growing a thriving and sustainable domestic battery supply chain.

In particular, we are encouraged to see the government highlight the importance of developing a circular economy for critical battery minerals, as well as the need for continued public funding and pro-growth regulations to incentivise investment.

As the strategy notes “realising the UK’s potential in battery recycling is more important than ever.”

Altilium COO Dr Christian Marson commented: “Developing the green processing technologies and building the infrastructure for commercial scale recycling of EV battery waste will be critical to securing energy security for the UK and decarbonising the transport sector. We look forward to engaging with policy makers and industry stakeholders to help realise the opportunities highlighted in the Battery Strategy and support the transition to net zero.”

Altilium’s vision is for a circular and domestic EV battery supply chain, where the critical minerals powering the energy transition are recovered from recycling end-of-life EV batteries and mine tailings, saving natural resources and reducing mining.

The ability to recycle these metals and “close the loop” on their life cycle reduces the need for virgin mined materials, leading to significant reductions in the carbon footprint of new lithium-ion EV batteries, whilst also reducing the reliance on global supply chains and imported materials.

Altilium has announced plans for the UK’s largest EV battery recycling facility, which is expected to be operational in Teesside in 2026. The plant will have the capacity to process scrap from over 150,000 EVs per year, producing 30,000 MT of cathode active materials, meeting 20% of the expected demand in the UK by 2030.

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