FREYR Supports Modernizing of EU Battery Regulatory Framework But Encourages More Ambitious Timeline
FREYR AS submitted its feedback this week on the European Commission’s proposal for a new EU Battery Regulation. In its statement, the company welcomed the needed modernization of the current regulations for batteries and the focus on equal treatment of imported batteries and batteries produced in the EU and EEA. The initiative is part of Europe’s Green Deal and seeks to minimize batteries’ harmful effects on the environment through requirements on sustainable sourcing of raw materials, carbon footprint of production, recycling and re-use of materials.
FREYR expressed its positive stance toward the EU’s increasing sustainability goals and stronger incentives for battery producers and importers to operate more sustainably. The company welcomes a system that rewards clean battery production throughout the value chain. Concise indicators of best practice and regulatory monitoring are important to level the playing field for all. Due to the increasing access to renewable energy, FREYR’s view is that the carbon footprint declaration and labelling requirements proposed could be made mandatory sooner, even as early as 2022, and that minimum levels could also be enforced before the proposed date of 2027.
“The battery industry is increasingly becoming a cornerstone in realizing a cleaner energy future. It is important that battery production is based on clean energy, and sound sourcing of raw materials, re-use and handling of waste. FREYR is taking part in an acceleration of innovation that is making the industry cleaner. Our position is that higher goals for improvement are within reach, and that a shorter timeframe than what is proposed in the draft EU Batteries Regulation should be implemented,” said Tom Einar Jensen, CEO of FREYR Battery.
FREYR is initially targeting the development of up to 43 GWh of cost-efficient and clean battery cell production capacity in Mo i Rana, Norway, by 2025, which would position the company as a globally leading supplier of sustainably produced battery cells. FREYR plans to utilize next generation battery technology and Norway’s inherent advantages, including access to renewable energy, low electricity prices, a highly skilled engineering-based workforce and the closeness to rapidly growing markets in Europe and the US.
On 29 January 2021, FREYR announced that it will become a publicly listed company through a business combination with Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp., securing approximately USD 850 million in equity to accelerate the development of clean battery cell manufacturing capacity in Norway. Subject to closing conditions being met, the combined company will be named “FREYR Battery” and its common stock is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FREY upon closing, expected in the second quarter of 2021. On 16 February 2021, the extraordinary general meeting of FREYR AS approved the business combination.
Read more about the proposed new EU Battery Regulatory Framework here.
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