The Lead‒Acid Battery Industry prides itself on that fact that lead is the most recyclable commodity with a rate that is well above all the other metals, paper, plastic, and glass. The rate is normally quoted above 95% and indeed 99% was reported in a recent study commissioned in the European Union. Achieving high recycling rates does not, however, necessarily mean that the Lead‒Acid Battery Industry is sustainable. The Industry continues to grow and develop new products and markets, particularly in Asia, but what is its current status with regard to sustainable development and what does the future hold? Are there environmental, social and health challenges ahead that need to be addressed to reach true sustainability? If this goal is reached in the near future, will the Lead‒Acid Battery Industry have opportunities, both social and commercial, to contribute towards society’s aims of a ‘greener’ and cleaner’ planet through innovative product developments?
International Lead Management Center
Biography: Brian Wilson is the Program Manager of the ILA’s outreach activities, an essential component of the ILA’s Lead Risk Reduction program and Action 21. After a career in the oil and metals industries, Brian has worked with the Basel Convention Regional Centres in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa on the implementation of Regional and National Projects for the Environmentally Sound Recovery of Used Lead‒Acid Batteries. Most recently, he has been collaborating with the Blacksmith Institute in projects that promote sound recycling procedures in China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.