Lithium battery recycling – EU Respect project

CEVA Logistics is a member of the EU Respect consortium, which aims to foster a green recycling process of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.


CEVA Logistics is a member of the EU RESPECT consortium, which aims to foster a green recycling process of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. CEVA is responsible for developing the processes round handling, storing and transporting the used Li-ion batteries.  

The CEVA team has gathered information about all the European rules concerning the transport of used Li-ion batteries and has identified the different module statuses in order to complete a transport and storage classification matrix. The team identified and qualified specific transporters to set up a compliant and reliable logistics solution. 

CEVA used its own international network to provide an efficient and flexible solution for the Respect project. The team has developed a manual method to trace the origin and use of the battery modules. We are working on improving the identification of the traceability drivers, the listing of the elements to be tracked and the digital solution to communicate this data. 

CEVA already holds the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Lithium Battery certification, which confirms our existing operational excellence and quality management standards in handling and transporting lithium battery shipments. Find out more about our lithium battery solutions. 

CEVA has developed a Battery Logistics Centre in Belgium, which started as a proof of concept and is now running as a new activity. It’s a compliant and scalable solution for aftermarket, second and end-of-life battery logistics. It encompasses: 

  • Battery collection at dealership with ADR trucks 
  • Battery consolidation in specific and dedicated containers– to overcome low and unforeseen volumes 
  • Repacking service (together with qualified partners) 
  • Compliant full truck transport from factory and delivery to recycling / second life center 

CEVA works with dealerships and factories within the BENELUX and GERMANY, where it organizes pick-ups of used and/or unwanted batteries. Batteries are classed as dangerous goods (DG), so CEVA uses DG compliant transport to move the batteries and specific containers with temperature controls and alert systems. 

CEVA teams are trained to handle dangerous goods and recognize the critical level of each battery.   

This concept is set to expand into France, Spain and the UK in April 2024.