Battery Passport

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Commitment to Battery Passport

In line with DEM’s explicit ESG commitment, which is regularly validated by independent audits (DIGBEE), the issue of traceability of our commodities has been part of our DNA from the very foundation of the company. Therefore, we are constantly carefully monitoring the various providers of applications for the documentation of manufacturing data, better known as “battery passport”, and we are in close contact and exchange with them (among them Circulor, Minespider AG, Circularise etc). As soon as one of DEM’s projects for the extraction of battery metals is close to production, a digital battery passport will be issued for the respective battery metals.

The digital battery passport is a platform providing the digital infrastructure for documentation of basic technical data related to the manufacturing and supply chains of the battery materials. This includes CO2 emissions released during production, working conditions, recyclability, etc.

Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an inventory of environmental impacts specifically tailored to mining, mineral processing and refining projects. LCA models a range of environmental impacts, from CO2 intensity to water consumption to particulate matter formation, according to ISO standards 14040 to 14044. ISO standard 14067 follows the same guidelines, but specifically captures the CO2 footprint over the entire product life cycle, and thus reporting the specific impact on climate change.

Minviro sheds clear and transparent light on the environmental impact of mining projects through quantification. Environmental hotspots are identified, providing insights into suitable mitigation strategies. This is to ensure that raw materials for the low-carbon economy are sourced with the least possible impact on the environment.

DEM is partnering with market leader Minviro and will publish a LCA once appropriate processing routes have been outlined. Based on the LCA outcome, the most adequate and environmentally friendly processing route will then be selected.

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