ACC partners with Circulor to provide unprecedented supply chain transparency of its battery cells
January 17, 2024
Today, Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a European EV battery leader that is industrializing the next generation of clean transportation, and Circulor, the leading supply chain traceability solution, announce their partnership to prove the provenance, material journey, and embedded carbon emissions of the raw materials ACC uses in its battery cells.
By gathering granular production data and embedded carbon emissions across ACC’s supply chains, it will accelerate proof of responsible sourcing and compliance with global regulations. The combination of these services amounts to unprecedented supply chain visibility that enables ACC to deliver additional value to its customers as the battery industry collaborates to build battery passports in accordance with the EU Battery Regulation.
The agreement includes supply chain mapping and material traceability, as well as embedded carbon emission and due diligence reporting, and battery passport creation through Circulor’s PROVE platform. These services will be sequenced over an initial three-year period covering all principal battery materials including lithium, graphite, cobalt, and nickel.
“ACC collaborates with numerous stakeholders to accelerate responsible and sustainable mobility for all. This means more than just building batteries, it means going into the deeper tiers of our supply chains and ensuring sustainability throughout,” said Olivier Talabard, Supply Chain Director at ACC. “Our partnership with Circulor is key to knowing our supply chains are operating as they should—sustainably and responsibly—and that we’re passing this value on to our customers.”
“In terms of battery manufacturers, ACC’s work with Circulor sets a high bar for the industry in terms of what supply chain transparency, material traceability, and proof of responsibility should look like,” said Circulor CEO Douglas Johnson-Poensgen. “We’re proud of this partnership with ACC and look forward to our collective milestones of progress ahead.”
Circulor is the technology leader for the German Government’s Battery Pass project that defines and demonstrates the requirements of the European Union’s newly enacted Battery Regulation. Within this capacity, and with in-house regulatory expertise, Circulor is embedded in the secondary legislation phase and will update its Battery Passport as regulatory details are increasingly defined.
Circulor’s Battery Passport Dashboard
Automotive Cells Company (ACC) aims to become the European leader in electric vehicle batteries. Our project is supported by TotalEnergies-Saft, Stellantis and Mercedes AG, as well as European authorities, particularly French, German and Italian. Based in these three countries, we are working to develop and industrialize the next generation of cleaner energy sources for transport thanks to sustainable, affordable, high-capacity batteries with a long service life.
As a high-tech company, we have invested €7 billion in the first stages of our development. Our R&D Expertise Center is already operational in Bruges (in greater Bordeaux, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France), as is our pilot factory in Nersac, France (outside of Angoulême, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine). Our first gigafactory in Billy-Berclau/Douvrin, in the Hauts-de-France region, was inaugurated in May 2023 and mass production is about to begin. Over the next few years, we will continue to advance our innovation and production capacities with a new applied engineering centre and a second gigafactory (planned to open in Germany in 2025), as well as a third gigafactory in Termoli, Italy. We have established a global network of R&D partners, as well as industrial partners and suppliers.
Circulor gives organizations full visibility of their supply chains. The London-headquartered company offers the most mature, proven, and complete technology software solution available to track materials with high environmental and human rights impacts as they change state within manufacturing and recycling supply chains. With Circulor, businesses can follow the physical flow of critical materials from extraction to final production, as well as associated ESG characteristics and embedded carbon across Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. The tech company was founded in 2017 in the UK, with offices in the US, Germany, Singapore, Ireland, and Australia. The company has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Global Cleantech 100, and won DIGITALEUROPE’s 2022 Future Unicorn Award.