24. Electromobility and Circular Economy

Electric cars powered by batteries are currently seen as promising low-carbon alternatives for combustion engines cars. Lithium is regarded as the best material for batteries. Batteries support a reduction of CO2 emissions since they can store the energy harvested from renewable sources. Ambitious targets for carbon-neutral road transport require enormous amounts of batteries. Life expectancy of such batteries is limited and it is not clear how they fit into the circular economy. Can we reduce the need for batteries by sharing self-driving cars? Can we re-use car batteries in less critical applications? Can we refurbish them? At this moment, only sub-optimal waste management options are available. Waste legislation is not supportive of closed-loop options. However, our waste management systems will have to deal with this. How are we going to re-use or recycle

This session has been curated by 15 PhD candidates as part of the EU-financed project “Circ€Uit”. We offer input from different points of view: business models, supply chains, design, customers, and environmental assessment, and intend to generate recommendations on how the mobility sector can become circular, and on how to make this information useful for decision-makers.


Date and time:

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 09:50 - 11:20


Flanders Meeting & Convention Center

Room: Toucan

Hosted by:

Marie Curie Circular European Economy Innovative Training Network ‘Circuit’ - Leiden University


  • Mr. Arnold Tukker
  • Mr. Paul Ekins
  • Mr. Karl Vrancker
  • Mrs. Helen Versluys
  • Mrs. Emilia Ingemarsdotter
  • Mrs. Lucy Chamberlin
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Moderator Mr. Jan Konietzko
Mr. Jan Konietzko