Lead-acid batteries are among the top five rated consumer products for sustainability – second only to toilet tissue, according to a new report.
The Sustainability Consortium’s (TSC) 2017 Impact Report – ‘The Call for Collective Action Across Supply Chains’, said lead-acid batteries share an average high level of sustainability along with household paper products, leafy vegetables, computers and diapers.
TSC said the batteries had an average key performance indicator (KPI) score of 68.64% in terms of sustainability.
The TSC said lead batteries scored high in the category involving worker health and safety, where the industry has invested in systems and technology. Batteries also scored high KPI in product stewardship and recycled content, demonstrating an industry-wide commitment to closing the loop.
Steve Binks, regulatory affairs director at the International Lead Association said: “No other energy storage system can achieve the 99% collection and recycling rate or the high recycled content of a lead battery.”
“Lead batteries are critical for many green technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, and to store and optimise renewable energy,” Binks said. “They are truly an essential, innovative and sustainable product that powers and protects our way of life.”