May 16, 2020

Dow increases clean energy target

The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Neil Hawkins
Dow’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Neil Hawkins
Lucy Dixon
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Dow has increased its renewable energy targets
The Dow Chemical Company has increased its clean energy target from 400 MW to 750 MW by 2025 as part of its sustainable manufacturing goals.

In order t...

The Dow Chemical Company has increased its clean energy target from 400 MW to 750 MW by 2025 as part of its sustainable manufacturing goals.

In order to achieve this it has partnered with NRG Energy, an agreement which will provide sustainable energy through a 10-year wind power purchase agreement from the 150 MW Goat Mountain I and II wind farms, which will power Dow’s Freeport, Texas facilities. 

Launched in 2015, the original 2025 Sustainability Goals include a key performance indicator to use 400 MW of clean power. Meeting this target in just one year, Dow is resetting its goal to 750 MW.

Dr. Neil Hawkins, Dow’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals define the path forward for our Company, and today we are pleased to increase our renewable energy targets from 400 MW up to 750 MW by 2025. Dow is proud to be the first company in the United States to power manufacturing sites with renewable energy at this kind of scale and that we’ve become one of the largest corporate purchasers of wind energy in America. We appreciate this new collaboration with NRG at our Freeport site.”

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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BatteryCell
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Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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