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Lithium-ion Battery Recycling

Best in class CO2 footprint

Our ambition is to “close the loop” with lithium-ion battery recycling for the automotive industry globally. To that end, we provide in-depth chemical and process engineering experience to ensure sustainable and cost-competitive solutions for metals extraction.

Battery recycling is an important long-term market requirement in the EV market to “close the loop“ and reduce the CO2 footprint. With extensive in-house recycling know-how, we have developed innovative steps for battery recycling. BASF R&D addresses unmet needs in the battery recycling industry, such as high-efficiency lithium extraction. Our focus on development of new sustainable production processes provides a unique advantage in the recycling value chain.

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Battery recycling is an important factor in BASF’s efforts to ”close the loop” by reducing the CO₂ footprint and ensuring supply of critical metals for new batteries. BASF’s ambition is to recycle end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and produce new cathode active materials. We currently offer battery recycling through our strategic partner networks and intend to make additional investments to add assets as the market develops.

With a sustainable supply chain and established regional solutions for battery material production capabilities and battery recycling services, BASF is shaping the future of automotive batteries.

Best Returns

We offer transparent sampling and assaying techniques across the globe based on our long recycling history. Our customers benefit from the highest standards of integrity in sampling, assaying and material traceability via our world class accredited labs.

Established Network

The process of recycling battery components is challenging enough without having to deal with multiple sources of information, service and support. Our established network of global collectors provides access to spent lithium-ion batteries, and we have expertise in the handling and transportation of hazardous materials. BASF provides end-to-end support for OEMs, ensuring a one-stop-shop experience for your battery recycling needs.

Unmatched Sustainability

BASF’s closed-loop offering enables the circular economy, allowing for a best-in-class CO2 footprint. Our energy efficient manufacturing technology and utilization of renewable energy in PCAM / CAM production, combined with the use of recycled materials, offer outstanding levels of CO2 reduction.

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Established Leaders in the Battery Value Chain

We will be the first cathode active material producer with a presence in Asia, the Americas and Europe. BASF reduces its carbon footprint with renewable electricity and recycled cathode active materials for battery cell production. More than 100 years of experience in recycling metals has generated a highly transparent, world-renowned sample and assay process. BASF’s global trading and hedging services, along with exceptional customer service, help customers manage price risks effectively.

Technologies & Partnerships

Current recycling technologies extract the most valuable metals (e.g. cobalt) but destroy much of the remaining battery, including lithium. BASF’s research and development activities over the past years have been focused on high-efficiency metals extraction, including lithium.

Investing into efficient recycling processes will be a game-changer for ensuring sustainable, cost-competitive recycling solutions. Our focus is on developing technologies that address unmet needs in the industry.

Recycled battery materials offer significant CO2 reductions in the production of cathode active materials, which provides a tremendous benefit to the automotive industry.

Our focus on development of new sustainable production processes provides a unique advantage in the recycling value chain.

Carbon Footprint

BASF understands the urgent need for more sustainable solutions. Our highly energy-efficient manufacturing technology, increasing use of renewable energy, and reduced metal transport around the globe all contribute to BASF’s minimized carbon footprint.

Service and Support

The process of recycling battery components is challenging enough without having to deal with multiple sources for information, service and support. BASF provides end-to-end support for OEMs, ensuring a one-stop-shop experience for your battery recycling needs.


BASF will be the first cathode active material producer to have local production sites across the globe. We have continuously invested in sustainable metal sourcing, robust supply chains, a best-in-class CO2 footprint, and the ability to close the loop through recycling. Now, as markets for electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries expand, BASF remains committed to providing professional battery recycling solutions. Leveraging our global reach and expertise, BASF will provide you with competitive and sustainable solutions to your metal recovery and recycling needs.

Where We Operate

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We aim to offer battery recycling to complement BASF’s cathode active material production in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Contact our team below to see how we can work together.

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