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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

Squaring the circle of sustainability


Just how much good will we do by expanding the number of battery-powered vehicles on the world’s roads? The answer is ‘not much at all’ without some serious planning, if new advice from UK scientists is to be believed.

As BEST Battery Briefing reports this week, the scientists are warning of “huge implications” for our natural resources if countries stick to their target quotas for replacing ICE vehicles with EVs.

And even when the ‘green’ EVs are on the roads, the warning is that, without better planning, countries such as the UK won’t be able to generate the increased electricity required to keep the batteries charged.

If the scientific advice is correct, the world risks having to ride roughshod over its concerns about sustainability to dig up more and more precious resources in its quest to be ‘green’.

It’s an interesting conundrum but an issue that has to be addressed nonetheless.

Meanwhile, an initiative is getting under way to recover and recycle potentially tens of thousands of kilos of Pb products from remote communities in Alaska. Lead batteries continue to be one of the most sustainable products on the planet and might yet have the last laugh. 

Germany aims for unlikely fuel cell domination

Not content with being the world’s leading exporter of cars many people lust after – be they Mercedes, BMW or Audi, Germany now wants to be a world leader in fuel cell cars and fuel cells.

The aging beauty and the younger woman

If there was a tagline for the 15th Asian Battery Conference (ABC15) in Singapore, it could only have been 'Lead Ain't Dead'. Yes, it's a tired cliche but the lead-acid battery industry is feeling just a little bit touchy these days.

The curse of the ABC

The curse of ABC has failed to arrive: On the anniversary of 9/11

Tim Probert - New Editor

New Editor Tim Probert will be arriving to take the helm of BEST magazine from September.