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May 12, 2021updated 20 Jul 2021 2:58pm

Johnson Matthey opens Oxford battery centre

Johnson Matthey (JM) has opened a new battery technology centre in Oxford, UK.

Johnson Matthey (JM) has opened a new battery technology centre in Oxford, UK.

The supplier says the move is a further improvement in the commercialisation of eLNO, its portfolio of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials.

The official opening was performed by British Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng.

The new Centre in Oxford will play a role in developing battery materials of the future. It adds to JM’s existing battery technology capabilities and testing capacity, accelerating the further development and customisation of its eLNO materials for battery electric vehicle applications.

Amid the ongoing debate about the carbon intensity of battery production, JM notes the production of eLNO will be carbon neutral by 2035.

At the same time, Johnson Matthey is announcing a commitment to be net zero by 2040. JM has also now signed the Business Ambition for 1.5C campaign, which gives JM automatic membership to the UNFCCC’s ‘Race to Zero’ campaign ahead of COP26 and has announced the following science-based targets (SBTs):

  • An absolute reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 33% by 2030
  • An absolute reduction of upstream Scope 3 GHG emissions of at least 20% by 2030

“This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business,” said JM chief executive, Robert MacLeod.

“Johnson Matthey has a growing range of solutions to help society decarbonise at scale and at the same time we are doing our bit by driving our own operations and supply chains to achieve net zero by 2040.”

For his part, Kwarteng added: “This centre has a vital role to play in our plans to drive forward new, cost-effective technology that will make adopting electric vehicles more convenient for motorists as we transition away from diesel and petrol cars.

“As Business Secretary, it is a personal commitment of mine to ensure the UK continues to be one of the best locations in the world for automotive manufacturing. In order to protect and create jobs in our industrial heartlands, while securing a competitive future for the auto sector and supply chain, we need to throw our weight behind battery innovation and commercialisation to support the sector’s transition to a clean, green future.

“Backing new battery technology and electrifying the auto supply chain is at the heart of our plans to put the UK at the forefront of the global green industrial revolution and to build back better from the pandemic and I’m delighted Johnson Matthey is playing a key role in this endeavour.”

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