Innovations in lead battery technology 'key to low-carbon energy policies'

by John Shepherd
Lead battery giant Exide Technologies launched a solar-storage installation at its Castanheira do Ribatejo battery facility in Portugal earlier this year. Photo: Exide Technologies
Continued innovation in the performance of lead batteries will help drive the industry’s success in supporting low-carbon energy policies, the head of the International Lead Association (ILA) said today.

ILA managing director, Dr Andy Bush, told the association’s Pb Online industry briefing event that lead batteries would "undoubtedly” have a role to play in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy.

"But we also need to ensure that the whole lead battery value chain is really focused on responsible and sustainable management of lead,” he said.

ILA regulatory affairs director, Dr Steve Binks, told the second of the three-day online briefings, which ends on 24 June, the industry faced "some major regulatory challenges over the coming months”.

Climate change

The European Union is currently focused on a "fundamental review of pollution control for large industrial installations, with a focus on climate change considerations” and policy debates aimed at achieving "a toxic-free environment”, better monitoring and reporting of pollution to air, water and soil and reviewing standards relating to air quality and groundwater, Binks said.

The EU’s proposed new Batteries Directive is also going through the legislative process, Binks said.

"All of these things will have implications for organisations and sites that manufacture lead or use lead in their products.”

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