Battery Pass Consortium Publishes First Content Guidance on the EU Battery Passport
Picture (from left to right): Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weber, President, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Sophie Herrmann, Partner, Systemiq GmbH and Programme Director, Battery Pass Consortium, Michael Kellner, The Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action BMWK.
The first publicly available Battery Passport Content Guidance aims to support the implementation of the digital battery passport as mandated by the new EU Battery Regulation;
It provides guidance on reporting requirements for the responsible economic actors of the battery passport and other participants along the battery value chain and is also of interest for the broader battery passport ecosystem incl. standard development organisations, and regulators;
As a major milestone of the Battery Pass Consortium, the Content Guidance is an essential element of the project’s overall support of the European Union’s agenda of a twin transition (digital and green) and towards increased sustainability and circularity.
Hannover, 17th April 2023 – A consortium of eleven leading international organisations from industry, technology and science has today launched the first publicly available Content Guidance on the EU Battery Passport. It is designed to support the implementation of the battery passport as mandated by the new EU Battery Regulation in a way that is feasible for industry players while guaranteeing the environmental and economic benefits of a digital product passport.
Published by the Battery Pass project with co-funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the Content Guidance primarily addresses organisations responsible for implementing the battery passport (“responsible economic operators”) and other battery value chain participants. It aims to provide a timely and comprehensive guidance on how to achieve compliance with the Battery Regulation and enable increased sustainability and circularity.
The Content Guidance was officially handed over at Hannover Messe to Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMWK, in a ceremony hosted as part of the Ministry’s stage programme on ‘Funding focus “Battery cell production in Germany”. Sustainable battery cell production – a cornerstone for the climate-friendly mobility of the future’.
Commenting at the hand-over, Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary, BMWK, said: “The results of the Battery Passport project are a major milestone in the project’s 3-year journey and for digital, sustainable battery value chains as a whole. It will help companies developing battery passports to shape these efficiently and in accordance with EU law.
It may also be a sound foundation for the evolution of digital product passports in general which will be rolled out in other sectors in the future. Not least, it is a prime example of a multi-stakeholder contribution to the European agenda of the “twin transition” to a more sustainable and digital economy.”
In a bid to provide transparency and support for the industry and the wider battery passport ecosystem, the Content Guidance:
Aggregates, interprets and assesses the content requirements mandated by the EU Battery Regulation. This includes highlighting unclarities and inconsistencies of the legal text and scope as well as ensuring a reasonable balancing of sustainability objectives with industry feasibility;
Explores further key regulatory frameworks such as the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, to highlight harmonisation potentials with other legislations; and
Suggests additional value-adding aspects beyond the mandatory regulatory scope to enable increased sustainability and circularity.
The Content Guidance is complemented by two further documents: a compact and user- friendly Battery Passport Data Longlist comprising the ~90 mandatory data attributes outlined in the EU Battery Regulation as well as voluntary suggestions; and rules for calculating the carbon footprint of the “Distribution” and “End-of-life and recycling” life cycle stages of batteries. The latter was developed in collaboration with the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) to complement the already published GBA GHG Rulebook (version 1.4).
The combination of both documents provides the first cradle-to-grave Product Carbon Footprint Rulebook designed for establishing a circular battery economy and is the basis for guiding companies to collect and aggregate company-specific product carbon footprint data that enable real-world emissions reduction (to be published in parallel by the GBA as version 1.5).
Sophie Herrmann, Partner, Systemiq GmbH and Programme Director, Battery Pass Consortium, said: “Digital battery passports can contribute to lowering the impacts of battery manufacturing such as GHG emissions, increase resource efficiency along the entire value chain, and better assure the upholding of human rights standards.
They are a critical aspect of ensuring resilient supplies of critical raw materials for Europe’s mobility transition. This Content Guidance is intended as an asset for all participants of the digital passport ecosystem – from battery value chain actors to standard development organisations and other consortia and projects.
Close collaboration with the latter, in particular the Global Battery Alliance, CIRPASS and Catena-X, has been very fruitful during the last year and the Battery Pass will continue to deepen these relationships in order to maximise harmonisation and synergy potentials.”
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weber, President, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, said: “acatech is excited to contribute to Battery Pass together with our long-standing partners. We want to shape digital product passports as part of the emerging European digital ecosystem.
The Battery Pass complements further acatech activities such as Gaia-X or the Mobility Data Space and is a building block for implementing a data economy. Trusted information sharing in the battery value chain, as elaborated in this Content Guidance, is a cornerstone for a circular economy: It brings together the twin transformations of sustainability and digitalization.”
Over the course of 2023, the Battery Pass project will explore how to further evolve the Content Guidance in collaboration with other stakeholders. Meanwhile it will focus on shaping the first technical reference framework in accordance with EU requirements.
This will allow any economic operator and other battery passport frameworks to develop compliant and interoperable passports.
The Battery Passport Content Guidance is available at: https://thebatterypass.eu/
“The guidance published today by the Battery Pass consortium provides clarity to the whole battery economy on the information needed to build transparent and circular value chains.
Demonstrating a company’s commitment to sustainable and responsible production through these comprehensive content requirements can be unlocked using traceability solutions like ours, and we’re eager to show how it’s possible in the next phase of the project –the demonstrator work package we lead.”
Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, Circulor CEO
Berlin, 25 March 2022
Germany launches world-first “Battery Pass” project and names Circulor as technology implementor within the consortium.
The German government and select industry representatives today announced the country’s “Battery Pass” project, poised for global significance in light of the EU Battery Regulation.
The eleven-member consortium will develop the technical standards and content for a battery passport, as well as integration of this data into a dataspace demonstrator.
As the pioneer in supply chain traceability, Circulor has been selected as a consortium member to lead the demonstrator work package.
Berlin, 25 April 2022 - Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action formally announced today its “Battery Pass” project and its eleven consortium members, including Circulor, the leading supply chain traceability provider, as the project’s technology implementor. The announcement marks the beginning of a three-year, German-funded R&D project to develop core data specifications and technical standards for a “passport”, as well as a standardized dataspace to manage batteries that are manufactured or placed into service in the European Union.
Circulor will lead one of the project’s five work packages – the “Battery Pass Demonstrator” work package – using content and technical standards to simulate data flows and system transactions.
The Battery Pass project, led by system change company SYSTEMIQ GmbH, comprises eleven consortium partners: acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, BASF SE, BMW AG, Circulor GmbH, FIWARE Foundation e.V., Fraunhofer IPK, SYSTEMIQ GmbH, TWAICE Technologies GmbH, Umicore AG & Co KG, VDE Renewables GmbH (through subcontracting), and AUDI AG. As of today, associated partners include the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), GS1 Germany GmbH, Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB), Mercedes-Benz AG, RWE Generation SE, SAP SE.
“Circulor is thrilled to be part of this one-of-a-kind consortium. Batteries are valuable assets and giving them an identity will be key to achieving circular economies that deliver resource security and lower emissions,” says Circulor CEO and Founder Douglas Johnson-Poensgen. “We are excited to contribute our know-how to building this battery passport demonstrator."
With Circulor’s technology, electric vehicle OEMs and supply chain participants can track the physical flow of critical materials from extraction to final production, as well as associated ESG characteristics, including embedded carbon across Scope 1 and 2 emissions, to create a dynamic picture of inherited emissions at the downstream. Working in battery traceability since 2017, Circulor tracks critical battery materials, their GHG emissions, and ESG credentials for both upstream and downstream customers. With customers such as Volvo, Polestar and Rock Tech Lithium, Circulor helps them prove their sustainable and responsible sourcing through the creation of product passports.
Global regulations for batteries and their critical materials are growing in number and complexity. For example, the forthcoming EU Battery Regulation is expected to be passed into law in the first half of this year. It will require battery passports that clearly show the battery’s embedded CO2 emissions, compliance to ethical production standards, and a growing amount of recycled content. Today’s “Battery Pass” project announced by the German government will influence and inform the European Commission and key partners on how the technical standards and content of digital identities for batteries can be developed and managed to enable responsible, sustainable, and circular electrified economies.
Circulor is the leading sustainable supply chain traceability provider. Headquartered in the UK, with a global footprint across Germany, the U.S., Singapore, and Australia, Circulor enables businesses to fully analyze, track, and manage their supply chains to ensure responsible sourcing and improve sustainability. Circulor does this by providing an enterprise software platform, which creates a reliable chain of custody of materials and attaches GHG emissions and other ESG data directly to the flow of materials. More information can be found at www.circulor.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.