New Delhi: The German carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced that it will source cobalt and lithium for battery cells only from certified mines. The company intends to reduce cobalt content to less than 10% in the new generation of battery cells, and then dispense with it completely through post-lithium-ion technologies and new material compositions.
The Stuttgart-based automaker will make industry-wide recognised ‘Standard for Responsible Mining’ of the ‘Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’ (IRMA), one of the key criteria for supplier decisions and supplier contracts within raw material supply chains.
Going forward, the company will only work with suppliers who commit to working within their own supply chain to source exclusively from raw material suppliers who are audited in accordance with the IRMA mining standard. The supply chain will be monitored regularly.
“In future, we want to use post-lithium-ion technologies with new material compositions to completely dispense with materials such as cobalt. The further optimisation of recyclability and its implementation at Mercedes-Benz is also part of the holistic battery strategy,” Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO, said.
Countries of origin viewed as high-risk are not excluded as sources of supply. Instead, the focus will be on improving the local situation for the people working there and to strengthen their rights.
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