Johnson Matthey announces new net zero targets as it opens new battery technology centre in Oxford

Johnson Matthey Battery Technology Centre, Milton Park

Johnson Matthey a global leader in sustainable technologies, has announced a further strategic development in the commercialisation of eLNO, its next generation, ultra-high energy density low cobalt cathode battery material.

The official opening, performed by the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, of its Battery Technology Centre at Milton Park, enables JM to drive rapid improvements in battery performance for customers and sustainable, secure value chains, aligned with its vision for a cleaner, healthier world.

The new Battery Technology Centre in Oxford will play a key role in developing battery materials of the future. It enhances JM’s existing battery technology capabilities and testing capacity, accelerating the further development and customisation of its eLNO materials for battery electric vehicle applications.

Amidst the ongoing debate about the carbon intensity of battery production, JM is announcing that the production of eLNO will be carbon neutral by 2035.

The company also announced a commitment to be net zero by 2040.

Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive, said: “This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business. Johnson Matthey has a growing range of solutions to help society decarbonise at scale, and at the same time we are doing our bit by driving our own operations and supply chains to achieve net zero by 2040.”

Christian Günther, Chief Executive, Battery Materials, added: “Our Battery Technology Centre has a dedicated, on site product development team which will enable more rapid customisation our eLNO cathode materials to meet our customers’ needs. It also boasts advanced material characterisation and diagnostic equipment that enable both engineering on an atomic level and evaluation under realistic conditions. This new Battery Technology Centre is a big step forward in delivering eLNO to the market.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “I am delighted to open this exciting state of the art Battery Technology Centre at the heart of Oxfordshire’s innovation economy. This centre has a vital role to play in our plans to drive forward new, cost-effective technology that will make adopting electric vehicles more convenient for motorists as we transition away from diesel and petrol cars.