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The Ministry of Transport’s representative took part in the “Africa Workshop on Used Electric Vehicles, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity”

The Ministry of Transport’s representative took part in the “Africa Workshop on Used Electric Vehicles, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity”

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Sustainability Unit, through the Global Electric Mobility Programme organized the “Africa Workshop on Used Electric Vehicles, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity” that took place on the 24th to 25th April 2024 at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi. The Chief Technical Advisor from the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Elvis Octave, and the Quality and Standards Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment Ms. Michelle Azemia, attended the workshop.

The workshop brought together participants from 15 African countries implementing national e-mobility projects supported by UNEP, including 4 Regional / sub-regional African supra-national bodies (AU / ECOWAS / EAC / SADC); Global partners including academia / donors / existing initiatives and alliances active in the field of sustainability of EV batteries (e.g. UC Davis / Global Battery Alliance / Transport &Environment);  the EV industry in the global north and from the African continent; and International organizations & financing institutions (UN / MDBs etc.). 

The objective of the workshop was to kick-start discussions around used Electric Vehicles and lithium battery end-of-life & circularity on the African continent with a focus on how to:

1)      Ensure only good quality used electric vehicles are allowed to come to Africa.

2)      Support repairability of electric vehicles on the continent.

3)      Introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and other mechanisms for Original       Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or vehicle importers for end-of-life electric vehicles and lithium batteries.

4)      Develop standards and guidelines for the collection, storage, and transportation of used electric vehicle batteries: 

         a)      For local reuse of the EV batteries (e.g. for energy storage or for re-assembly of new battery                          packs based on used cells state)

         b)      For recycling and reintegration into global EV battery value chains so as not to lose valuable raw                    materials.

         c)      For safe disposal of waste materials.

This workshop was the starting point of a consultative process on how to deal with battery end-of-life in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). UNEP’s e-mobility programme will build on the outcomes of this Africa workshop to set-up a new Global Partnership on Used EVs, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity in LMICs, which will be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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