Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Environment and Forestry Ministry has called for the management of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries through the circular economy approach so as not to endanger the environment and to generate economic added value.

Used EV batteries can be utilized as raw materials for creating new lithium batteries, ministry official Rosa Vivien Ratnawati told ANTARA here on Wednesday.

The potential waste from EVs that should be watched out for are used batteries as well as lubricants, she said.

Thus, the government is encouraging the utilization of EV batteries as sustainable raw materials to minimize the use of new raw materials.

In addition, the policy also provides economic benefits since it can reduce the production cost of the main components of EVs.

A circular economy approach, which focuses on reducing, reusing, and recycling, is expected to have a positive impact on the effort to reduce the consumption of primary resources and the production of waste.

The ministry is continuing to coordinate with related stakeholders so that batteries from electric vehicles can be recycled. Ratnawati said.

The stakeholders include the Trade Ministry, Industry Ministry, Finance Ministry's Customs and Excise Directorate General, as well as the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment.

Meanwhile, concerning used lubricants, their management will involve toxic and hazardous material waste collectors and users.

"The process begins from collection, destruction, and chemical processing with eco-friendly technology. Products that meet the criteria can be recycled," Ratnawati said.

Moreover, she urged vehicle factories and workshops to install facilities for the collection of used batteries that can then be delivered to the users of EV battery waste.

She said she also expects the battery raw materials to not be exported abroad, but processed by the domestic battery producing industry, as a supplier of vehicle batteries across the world.

"There is one investor in Southeast Sulawesi that utilizes used batteries from electric vehicles," she said.

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