The eSkootr Championship™ (eSC) has announced its first Global Sustainability Partnership with world-leading materials technology and recycling group Umicore.
The partnership will see Umicore develop and implement a circular design strategy for batteries used in the eSkootr series with the ambitious aim of applying potential insights to the real world of micromobility products and services.
The partnership will also use the promotional platform of the new sport to deliver educational programmes and advocacy campaigns for a new generation of mobility consumers demanding a more equitable and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.
Umicore will work closely with the eSC Commission and its team of sustainability, technical and policy experts in the implementation of the partnership, ensuring that best practice on battery recyclability is dialled into the rulebook of the sport from the outset.
Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr™ Championship co-founder and CEO, said:
“We recognise and applaud Umicore’s strong commitment to cleaner mobility through new technologies and techniques. The use and reuse of battery materials at every point in the value chain has enormous implications for micromobility. We’re excited that Umicore shares eSC’s vision for the series as an innovation lab for knowledge transfer in this vitally important area.”
Dr Cristiana Pace, Chair of the eSC Commission Sustainability Working Group, said:
Dr Cristiana Pace, Chair of the eSC Commission Sustainability Working Group
Our Umicore partnership underlines how important circular design is for eSC and the meaningful and measurable achievement of our environmental mission.
“Although a new sport, eSC is already demonstrating its robust approach to sustainability through the programmes and partnerships it’s developing. I’m thrilled that Umicore is joining us on this new journey.”
Tom Van Bellinghen, VP OEM Sales and Marketing at Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials, said:
"We are excited to be the first Global Sustainability Partner of eSC, the world’s first eSkootr Championship™. As a key player in rechargeable battery materials, Umicore is a proud contributor to a sustainable battery value chain. We strongly support eSC’s commitment to a net-zero carbon footprint in this exciting clean mobility solution and we look forward to sharing our expertise related to a closed battery loop design with eSC’s sustainability team."