20230530 | For a sustainable battery value chain in Belgium/Europe

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Where and when:
Conference | Tuesday 30 May 2023 | 09:30 - 16:00 | Finance Tower Pacheco Conference Centre (Brussels)

For a sustainable battery value chain in Belgium/Europe

Chaired by prof. Sebastien Lizin, UHasselt


The energy transition implies in particular the large-scale development of energy storage capacities. These require large quantities of raw materials, some of which are rare. It is therefore more than urgent to reflect on the role that Europe, and more specifically Belgium, wants to play in the value chain that is being set up at global level.

In response to these challenges, the European framework is undergoing major changes: a ban on the sale of thermal vehicles from 2035; the proposed Critical Raw Materials Act, the EU Battery Regulation, …

In order to get a clearer picture of all these current issues, the FRDO-CFDD will organise a conference in Brussels on Tuesday 30 May 2023.

The conference will last all day, and a lunch will be offered at noon. Simultaneous translation (FR-NL-EN) will be available.




Programme :

  • 9:30 Registration, welcome coffee
  • 10:00 Introduction
  • 10:05 European Commission: EU battery regulation, Critical Raw Materials Act. Cesar Santos Gil, European Commission DG ENV (Presentation)

Vision and needs for a value chain in Europe and Belgium

  • 10:20 Towards a battery ecosystem in Europe. Emilia Valbum, 3M, Platform for Electromobility (Presentation)
  • 10:30 Global vision of a value chain in Belgium. Patrick Van den Bossche, Agoria (Presentation)
  • 10:50 Production. Noshin Omar, ABEE (Presentation)

Reuse, recycle

12:15 Lunch

  • 13:15 Vision of the consequences of this transition in terms of employment, skills development needs. Bela Galgoczi, ETUI (Presentation)
  • 13:30 Respect for social and environmental rights in raw material value chains and due diligence obligations of companies. Cecilia Mattea, Transport & Environment (Presentation)
  • 13:45 Affordability of electric vehicles. Robin Loos, BEUC (Presentation)
  • 13:55 Towards sustainable behaviour: the path of downsizing. Pierre Courbe, Canopea (Presentation)

14:05 Coffee break

  • 14:35 Technology: Which batteries for the future? Maitane Berecibar, MOBI/VUB (Presentation)
  • 14:50 Policy: Vision of the Federal Government. John Wante, cabinet Khattabi (Presentation)
  • 15:10 Q&A
  • 15:50 Conclusions and end of the seminar


If you have any questions, please contact Fabrice Dehoux (02/743 31 53 – Fabrice.dehoux@frdo-cfdd.be).

Comments, questions or suggestions?