July 20, 2023: Nearly 80% of the lead used by East Penn Manufacturing last year came from recycled sources, the battery giant has revealed in its 2023 Sustainability Report.
The report, released on July 19, said the lead smelter at the company’s Lyon Station global HQ recycled 188 million pounds of lead from batteries that were collected from customers, as well as non-conforming material from its battery manufacturing plants.
President and CEO Chris Pruitt said Lyon Station also recycled more than 10.2 million pounds of plastic and over 6 million pounds of acid.
“Our advanced batteries and integrated systems help automakers improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle CO2 emissions,” Pruitt said.
Pruitt said the company is also a participant in the US Department of Energy’s Better Plants program, for which it has committed to a 20% reduction in non-formation energy by 2028 against a 2018 baseline.
East Penn has also set a goal to reduce its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 10% by 2030 against a 2021 baseline.
The company said it is accelerating its expansion into lithium ion and advanced lead battery tech and has entered into a power purchase agreement with a new solar energy project near Lyon Station, in which it has committed to procure 15MW of renewable electricity over a 15-year period.
Last October, more than 8,000 current and former employees and their families of East Penn Manufacturing turned out to mark the company’s 75th anniversary.