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Industry Association Initiative to Improve Recycling Practices in Countries with Weaker Economies

Lead production and battery industry associations have joined forces to respond to the growing global demand for energy storage and to support environmentally friendly production and recycling. The initiative is aimed primarily at countries where informal recycling is still dominant. The signing industry associations estimate that demand for energy storage will increase thirteen fold by 2024, stressing the need to make the lead battery recycling chain less harmful to global health and environment. Additionally, it will also be ensured that the world's highest quality standards of the lead battery industry can be maintained in this process.

In Europe and the United States, manufacturing and recycling of lead-acid batteries is strictly regulated and subject to formalized safety and environmental standards. The aim of the initiative is to improve the industry's cooperation with the countries where such standards are not being upheld, and thus to increase the percentage of correctly recycled batteries and minimize damage to workers in the lead-acid battery industry and neighboring communities.

The Executive Vice President of Battery Council International, Kevin Moran, speaking on behalf of the four associations, said: “We want to ensure that manufacturing and recycling of lead batteries worldwide meet standards that protect human health and the environment. There must be an end to the dangerous and inappropriate use of substandard recycling operations, but this will take time and will require a coordinated effort involving multiple stakeholders. We acknowledge that we can play a significant role by using our commercial influence to encourage environmentally sound practices, by sharing best practice with governments, regulators and NGOs and by undertaking appropriate levels of due diligence to reduce the probability that battery raw materials produced through unsound practices do not end up in our supply chain."

Signatories to the initiative include the International Lead Association, Battery Council International, the European Battery Association EUROBAT and the Association of Battery Recyclers. The signed agreement for the responsible materials management program sets out concrete principles and guidelines that can be found in the link below.

Source:  Eurobat |
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