China 'plans new regulations' to boost sustainable recycling of EV batteries

by Margaret Lau
China's CATL is investing to create a lithium-ion battery materials recycling facility at the Brunp Integrated Battery Material Industrial Park inn Hubei. Image: Brunp
China’s government is to issue new regulations to boost the recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, state media has reported.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) wants to ensure "correct” recycling processes are being followed – and to "clarify” the supervisory responsibilities of national and local agencies – to manage the rise in decommissioning of batteries from new energy vehicles, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Recycling on a large scale "will greatly reduce the negative impact on the environment, while saving a lot of resources”, according to Xinhua.

Decommissioned new energy vehicle batteries generally have a residual capacity of 70% to 80% that can make them suitable for reuse in energy storage and power backup systems, Xinhua said.

Vehicle sales

MIIT also wants to ensure the efficient disassembly and recovery of battery materials.

According to Xinhua, latest data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that the cumulative sales of new energy vehicles in China in the first 11 months of this year was close to three million – accounting for nearly 13% of China's total vehicle sales.

Around 200,000 tonnes of batteries are believed to have been decommissioned last year and in 2025 the figure is estimated to be around 780,000 tonnes, according to the China Automotive Technology Research Center.

World Battery News reported earlier this year that Chinese automotive battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology, was to invest the equivalent of nearly $5bn (£3.6bn) in creating a lithium-ion battery materials recycling facility in China’s central province of Hubei.

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