- Lead batteries comprise over 80 percent recycled lead, which highly reduces the environmental impact associated with lead batteries and reduces the need for primary mining.
- Lead batteries are an integral part of start-stop and micro-hybrid engine systems, which lower fuel consumption up to 10%. Over the lifetime of the vehicle, using these systems and batteries results in significant CO2 reduction (up to 10%)
“Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Assessment of Lead Battery and Architectural Sheet Production,” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2016
- Battery recyclers in North America keep 1.7 million tons of lead batteries out of landfills annually.
Associationofbatteryrecyclers.com, Association of Battery Recyclers, 2016
- The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) 2017 Impact Report concluded that lead batteries were one of only five consumer product categories that score 64 and over, based on high scores in sustainability key performance indicators. / The 2017 Sustainable Consortium Impact Report recognized the industry for its strong record on worker health and safety.
2017 Impact Report, The Sustainability Consortium, 2017
- Solar and wind energy technology is increasingly being deployed around the world, in large part because of lower production costs. Renewable energy sources are expected to attract two-thirds of the global investment in power plants until 2040 and account for as much as 40 percent of total power generation by then, according to the International Energy Agency.
Instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/ieas-world-energy-outlook-2017-foresees-transformation-global-energy-system, Institute for Energy Research, Dec. 2017
- By 2020, it is predicted that advanced start-stop lead batteries will eliminate millions tonnes of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
International Lead Association, 2017
- As the U.S. based Argonne National Laboratory states, lead batteries have undergone steady improvements in efficiency, durability and lifetime.
A Review of Battery Life-Cycle Analysis: State of Knowledge and Critical Needs, Argonne National Laboratory, By L. Gaines and J.L. Sullivan
- New lead battery advancements have extended the life of traditional lead batteries by 300 percent. This enables low-cost, large-scale deployment of micro- and medium-hybrids, with significant fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Lead Acid Battery Performance and Cycle Life Increased Through Addition of Discrete Carbon Nanotubes to Both Electrodes, Journal of Power Sources, April 2015
- Lead batteries are the only storage technology that can reliably operate in conditions as cold as -30°C.
A Review of Battery Technologies for Automotive Applications, Joint Analysis: EUROBAT, ILA, JAMA, KAMA, ACEA, 2014
- The global automotive industry produces more than 85 million new vehicles annually. On average, each vehicle will use three to four lead batteries over its lifespan.
Success of the Circular Economy of Automotive Battery Recycling, Johnson Controls, 2017
- 75 percent of the world’s rechargeable energy storage needs are met by lead batteries, which equates to millions at work every day.
The Rechargeable Battery Market and Main Trends 2014-2025, Avicenne Energy, March 2015
- More than one billion vehicles rely on lead batteries for power, and every mass-produced hybrid and full-electric vehicle uses one.
World Vehicle Population Tops 1 Billion Units, WardsAuto, Aug. 2011
“Lead Acid Battery Market Poised to Hit US $31,708.4 Million by 2020,” Future Market Insights, Dec. 2017
- Nearly 25 percent of the population of all developing countries has no electricity.
Global Tracking Framework 2017 – Progress Toward Sustainable Energy, World Bank, 2017
- 291 million vehicles in Europe contain lead batteries.
ACEA – European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association