Giving Compass' Take:

• According to new research, better battery recycling processes can help ensure that lithium-ion batteries don’t undo the environmental benefits of electric cars. This article published by Futurity explains further how this works. 

• How can donors and investors help drive more sustainable measures towards the automotive industry? 

• Learn about how electric vehicles can get even cleaner. 

The widespread implementation of electric vehicles will go a long way toward eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of the transportation sector. But emissions don’t just come from the tailpipe. There’s another major culprit of greenhouse gases, one that the electric vehicle industry might need some help from policymakers to avoid: battery recycling.

Current lithium-ion battery recycling policies and processes were designed for the relatively low size and volume of consumer electronic batteries—AAs, AAAs, and the like. But with nearly every major automaker committing to all electric or hybrid-electric product lines in the coming years, this flood of new lithium-ion batteries will require a different approach to battery recycling.

In a paper in Nature Sustainability, researchers have laid out a path forward to improved recycling processes for battery makers and policymakers.

Read the full article about the benefits of better battery recycling by Adam Dove-Carnegie Mellon at Futurity