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EU puts lead-acid out of REACH— for now

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Europes leaders appear to have finally seen sense and will not push through politically-inspired proposals attacking the manufacture of lead-acid batteries, as we report in the latest issue of our BEST Battery Briefing e-newsletter.

The unnecessary and restrictive legislation threatened to put thousands of jobs at risk in a sector making near 100%-recyclable products at a time when the EU makes great virtue of nurturing a ‘green energy’ agenda.

It seems lead-acid can breathe easy for now, but we need to remain vigilant. The lead industry may have survived this battle, but the ‘war’ goes on and agitators could still mount an ambush from the regulatory long grass, as Eurobat explains in our report.

Meanwhile, Europe’s storage industry has raised the prospect of OEMs being asked to chip in to pay for the cost of recycling used electric vehicle batteries.

And the US marked ‘National Battery Day’— maybe it’s time that became a really global event— with the launch of a new ‘ReCell Center’ to boost recycling and reduce reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.

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