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Johnson Matthey partners with EMR on a sustainable, circular solution for lithium-ion battery recycling in the UK

Johnson Matthey has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European Metal Recycling (EMR) to develop an efficient value chain for recycling lithium-ion batteries in the UK.


Johnson Matthey partners with EMR on a sustainable, circular solution for lithium-ion battery recycling in the UK p

Decarbonising transportation is a critical step in helping societies and industries meet their ambitious net-zero emission targets to tackle the climate crisis. Here, battery electric vehicles for light-duty transport are a key solution. The challenge is recovering the critical materials from the batteries at end-of-life without harming the environment.

To tackle this, Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European Metal Recycling (EMR), one of the world’s largest material recyclers and a leading recycler of end-of-life vehicles, to develop an efficient value chain in the UK for recycling lithium-ion batteries and cell manufacturing materials.

Recycling the batteries from end-of-life electric vehicles will produce significant quantities of strategic materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt with a fraction of the carbon footprint of the same materials from mined sources.

EMR operates the UK’s largest network of Authorized Treatment Facilities where vehicles are collected in 50 sites and recycled in compliance with strict environmental legislation.  EMR is developing new, collection and recycling processes for electric vehicles and their batteries, to recover intermediate materials containing the strategic battery metals for further processing and where possible, closed-loop return of materials.

Johnson Matthey is developing additional processes to produce fully refined materials suitable for direct use in lithium-ion battery manufacturing, increasing the recycled content of new batteries. The full closed-loop recycling service that Johnson Matthey and EMR will develop together will help to deliver the future resource security and carbon-reduction aspirations of battery producers and vehicle manufacturers.

Johnson Matthey partners with EMR on a sustainable, circular solution for lithium-ion battery recycling in the UK JM

Jane Toogood, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey’s Efficient Natural Resources Sector, said:

“We are excited to partner with EMR in delivering an efficient battery refining solution to the UK market. Embedding circularity into this growing industry is essential if it is to become a truly sustainable solution. Battery recycling perfectly complements JM’s core expertise in the refining of strategic metals, strengthening our position in developing a sustainable and circular battery value chain.”

Johnson Matthey partners with EMR on a sustainable, circular solution for lithium-ion battery recycling in the UK EMRRoger Morton, Managing Director for Innovation and Technology at EMR added:

“EMR is making major investments in the battery recycling supply chain. We are providing quality solutions right now for end-of-life battery materials and we are innovating to deliver higher material recovery rates in future. We look forward to working with Johnson Matthey. The novel technologies they are developing will deliver high yields of recovered battery precursor materials, ready for use back in lithium-ion battery manufacturing.”

About EMR Metal Recycling

EMR Metal Recycling is a global leader in sustainable materials, with physical operations in the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands. Our core business is the recycling of metal and plastics from a range of public, commercial and industrial waste streams. Sources include end-of-life vehicles, consumer products, industry, construction and demolition. Our recycling activities generate around 10 million tonnes of sustainable metals and plastics a year, saving over 10 million tonnes of CO2 compared to using virgin alternatives. Visit

 About Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies that enable a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers’ products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. Today about 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us. For more information, visit


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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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