Global Battery Alliance

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The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) is a global public-private collaboration platform of over 70 members with the goal of establishing a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable battery value chain.

The GBA is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and was launched at the WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York in September 2017.[1] The work to establish the Global Battery Alliance was recognised as one of the top ten achievements of the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.[2]

Founded by organisations from across the battery value chain, including BASF, Eurasian Resources Group, Johnson Controls; international organisations, such as African Development Bank, OECD Development Assistance Committee and NYU Stern School of Business (represented by Professor Michael H. Posner); and NGOs including Pact[3] and International Justice Mission (IJM)[4], the GBA has expanded to over 70 members as at March 2020.[5]

The GBA seeks to catalyse, connect and scale-up efforts to ensure that the battery value chain is socially responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable and innovative.[6] The work of the Alliance is focused on unlocking the vast potential of batteries by 2030 to help realise the 2°C Paris Agreement in the transport and power sectors, setting course towards achieving the 1.5°C goal if complemented with other technologies and collaborative efforts.[7] The GBA's in-country and cross-border activities are also aimed at addressing some of the challenges in the battery value chain, including dangerous working conditions and child labour, which impact the lives of millions of artisanal and small-scale miners.[8]

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