National battery cooperation body to promote implementation of Battery Strategy
A national battery cooperation body will implement the Battery Strategy. The Strategy’s objective is to create a leading battery cluster in Finland by 2025, which will support Finland’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The cooperation body will bring together the different operators in the sector and promote the implementation of the Strategy’s objectives.
The national battery cooperation body will promote the implementation of the Battery Strategy, which was published on 26 January 2021. The Finnish battery cluster aims to lead the way in Europe and internationally by 2025 and to produce innovations, sustainable economic growth, wellbeing, skills and jobs in Finland.
The main task of the body is to develop national cooperation in the battery sector and to promote the implementation of the Battery Strategy. The body includes representatives from authorities, universities and operators in the battery sector. Under-Secretary of State Petri Peltonen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment chairs the body.
Goal to develop Finland’s battery sector
In summer 2020, Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä set up a project on preparing a national battery strategy. The Battery Strategy will promote measures to help Finland transition to a low-carbon economy. Finland is well placed to succeed in the battery industry due to its high level of expertise and industry, which can produce critical raw and other materials as well as solutions related to circular economy and electrification. As a result, Finland can play a significant role in the electrification of Europe’s transport system and societies as a whole.
The national battery cooperation body will be appointed for the period of 24 March 2021–31 December 2022 and will focus on the following tasks:
- Contribute to defining Finland’s positions on key issues related to the development of the battery sector.
- Ensure that innovation and business policy take into account the development of the battery value chain as part of the entire value chain.
- Increase debate and understanding of the creation of a competitive, sustainable and welfare-generating battery sector in Finland.
- Strengthen the cooperation, interaction and flow of information between the operators in the battery value chain.
- Assess the resources, timetables and responsible parties required for the implementation of the Strategy.
- Speed up the implementation of key measures to meet the objectives of the Strategy in cooperation with others.
- Identify the main obstacles to growth and development of the battery sector and formulate plans for resolving them.
- Report on the progress to the Minister of Economic Affairs twice a year.
Petri Peltonen, Chair of the body, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 063 662
Jyrki Alkio, Vice-Chair of the body, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 103