Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery 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.
Sustainable Manufacturing: Bayer Joins Manufacture 2030
“Advancing life - that's what we at Bayer are all about.” With this strong mission statement at the core of its operations, it seems fitting that the pharmaceutical and life science company has joined Manufacture 2030 to further promote inclusive growth and responsible use of resources.
For Bayer, the concept of means “providing more people across the world with access to health care and food security, and devising solutions to protect the environment, especially decarbonisation, climate adaptation, and biodiversity preservation.”
Bayer’s Ambitious Series of Sustainability Commitments
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Bayer’s ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2030 include:
- To reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42%, and absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 12%
- By 2030 the remaining emissions of Bayer’s operations will be fully offset by purchasing certificates from verified climate protection projects
“Given CO2 emissions are the main reason for climate change, Bayer is committed to making our business as resource efficient as possible, aiming to become carbon-neutral across our own operations by 2030. By partnering with Manufacture 2030 and their cloud-based platform, the Bee, we can better equip our operational teams with the know-how needed to reduce impacts, as well as track our site-level performance towards company targets. We are confident that by embedding innovative technologies like the Bee, we can play our part in protecting the climate,” said Thomas Gosmann, Head of Pharma Technology & Global Energy Manager at Bayer.
Bayer’s Five Year Partnership with Manufacture 2030
Over the next five years, Manufacture 2030 aims to help Bayer meet its targets, reducing SCope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).
“We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Bayer, helping them to achieve their Science Based Targets by reducing site-level environmental impacts. Helping people and the planet is at the heart of Bayer’s philosophy, as well as being an organisation full of expertise, so we are thrilled they have chosen our unique platform to aid them in continually improving the environmental sustainability of their business,” added Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at Manufacture 2030.
About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 - Founded in 2017 - is a trading brand of mission-driven private company . Manufacture 2030 pioneers new ways to drive sustainable proactive across the manufacturing and supply chain world by partnering with multiple brands and their suppliers to reduce environmental impacts.
Headquartered in the UK, the company’s platform and support services help suppliers and manufacturers in 50 countries around the world.
“We are a culturally diverse and energetic team, passionately committed to helping our clients and their suppliers achieve their carbon reduction commitments,” says Manufacture 2030.