BCI uses Earth Day to emphasize the circular economy of lead batteries

BCI uses Earth Day to emphasize the circular economy of lead batteries

BCI uses Earth Day to emphasize the circular economy of lead batteries 446 336 Batteries International

April 25, 2019: Battery Council International has marked International Earth Day (April 22) with a new information brief on its website www.essentialeneryeveryday.com, reiterating its message that the lead battery industry is a circular one.

“The lead battery industry is one of only 16% of US industries that follows a make-use-recycle manufacturing business strategy,” said Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI. “This circular approach means the lead industry is both protecting the environment and remaining commercially competitive in order to meet future energy needs.”

He reiterated the point that lead batteries are almost 100% recyclable, and that every battery consists of at least 80% recycled lead.

The brief also describes how manufacturers and recyclers are working together to design batteries that can be recycled and re-used.

“Additionally, the industry employs sustainable manufacturing practices ranging from recycling millions of gallons of water for use in new batteries, and collecting and reusing storm water, to relying on solar installations to power facilities,” the brief says.

“The lead battery industry is a model for all battery technologies, especially as the move to electrification and decarbonization intensifies.”