We will become the second largest battery cell manufacturer in the world, after China by 2025, capable of meeting the EU’s demand for batteries driven by electric mobility. The vice-president of the EU Commission, Maros Sefcovic, speaks at the end of the fifth ministerial meeting of the EU Alliance for batteries, which was held yesterday in virtual form, which was attended by representatives of 14 Member States. For Italy there was the Minister of Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti.
The progress made since the Alliance was formed in 2017 was discussed and priorities identified: increase the resilience and competitiveness of the upstream segments (raw materials, refining, active materials) e retrain 800,000 new workers by 2025, providing them with the skills that will be required throughout the supply chain. We must move on to training in the field – said Sefcovic – and therefore launch national retraining programs. Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton, who also follows the Alliance, urged the EU Council and Parliament to adopt the proposed regulation on batteries by 2022. They have also been announced for spring 900 million in investments, coming from the Horizon program, for research and innovation on batteries. Finally, the Commission encouraged Member States to integrate battery projects into national recovery plans.
The goal of the Alliance, born on the strong push of France and Germany, create an entire battery value chain in the EU and no longer depend on China, South Korea and the United States. Since its launch, approx 70 industrial projects. The Commission approved two major projects of common European interest (IPCEI) on batteries, in January this year and December 2019, involving 59 companies from 12 Member States and representing an expected value of around € 20 billion in private investment and combined audiences. The two projects are one French-led and the other German-led. Italy attended, Minister Giorgetti recalled in his speech, with an investment of 1.1 billion and intends to continue the financial commitment in the future. Our country will focus on the chemical elements of lithium batteries, on solutions for heavy and passenger transport, on reuse. To coordinate the work, the Italian Battery Alliance led by Enea was created. There prima gigafactory it will be set up by Faam in the former Indesit factory in Teverola (Caserta).