Beijing wants to put a price tag on the environment + Battery innovations
Do you still remember your old Nokia "brick"? In the age of smartphones, old cell phones seem like technology from a distant past. But they also had their advantages: The battery was replaceable, and they were virtually "unbreakable." In today's smartphones, laptops and other devices, the batteries are often firmly welded or glued.
Is a greater integration of battery and "devices" also the future of EV batteries? Christiane Kühl has taken a close look at the latest innovations in battery technologies. CATL, for example, is working on batteries that are permanently installed in the chassis. This is supposed to save space and increase range. However, it would also mean increased problems for the recycling industry.
What is the financial value of clean water, an intact climate or the pollination services of bees? Beijing could soon be faced with these hard questions. The Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council have published plans to assess the value of natural resources and services to make them tradable via usage rights. This is intended to advance environmental protection. In the medium term, the value of natural resources is even to be given the same importance as economic growth. This would have implications for companies and officials.