The company aiming to build a 3,000-job electric battery gigafactory in Northumberland has partnered with an environmental monitoring firm in a bid to ensure that its site is as green as possible.
Initial construction works have started on a site at Cambois, near Blyth, where Britishvolt wants to build a gigafactory making batteries for electric vehicles.
Britishvolt has now announced a strategic partnership with Circulor, a London-based firm that provides benchmarking on green goals and will monitor the CO2 footprint from the gigafactory.
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It has also asked Circulor to trace building material supply chains to fully understand the inherited CO2 emissions that are used in the construction of the plant.
Britishvolt founder and CEO Orral Nadjari said: “This is another prime example of Britishvolt going above and beyond on its mission to decarbonise society. This data will allow for a complete and honest audit of the company’s net zero ambitions.
“We will set a new CO2 footprint traceability tool that will redefine industry standards. Producing some of the greenest batteries on the planet isn’t just about tracking the raw materials supply chain, it’s also about making sure the facilities we build, the energy we are supplied, in fact everything we do, is as sustainable and ethically delivered as possible.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Circulor on this project. Britishvolt has a strong social values agenda, as well as world-class Environmental, Social and Governance Principles and Commitments.
“At our very heart is doing the right thing. This project is the right thing for UK plc, and its people, on the roadmap to a low carbon, sustainable future.”
Luise Müller-Hofstede, client partner at Circulor, said: “It’s time to turn words into actions. We are truly excited to be working with Britishvolt and to have found this strong partner for jointly setting and, more importantly, demonstrating a new global standard for green construction and battery cell production.
“We believe this is pioneering work, tracking both CO2 emissions from construction materials for a large building, and its social, economic and environmental impact on its local and regional economy, for the first time.
“Doing the right thing is contagious and being part of BV’s journey is truly exciting. With BV racing forward, I hope this will encourage the wider industry to act responsibly. We all have to work together, collectively, on the road map to net-zero.”
Britishvolt wants to create 3,000 direct jobs and another 5,000 in its supply chain with its gigafactory, though it has to raised more than £1bn to make the plans a reality.
The project aims to support the UK’s net zero drive by supporting greater use of electric vehicles, but it also wants to show its green credentials by being as environmentally-friendly as possible in other areas.
It follows a similar move by Nissan and its battery partner Envision AESC, which are working with Sunderland City Council on a renewable energy grid to power production of a new electric vehicle and batteries.