End of Use Management
END OF USE MANAGEMENT
We don’t view end-of-life batteries as waste but as future inputs for our products. Our recycling initiatives aim to recover every single battery we sell and return their materials to the battery supply chain, contributing to the circular economy. EnerSys is committed to providing the resources needed to operate a worldwide recycling collection program. Our program reduces the environmental impact of improper disposal and the need for new raw materials.
Recycling is not just for industrial batteries. We also aim to educate consumers on consumer battery recyclability. Our rechargeable batteries have a Call2Recycle certification label, showcasing how to safely recycle them at the end of their useful cycle.
Lead batteries have been critical to powering our economy for over a century. In that time, they have achieved significant safety, reliability and recyclability achievements. Lead battery technology is both incredibly reliable and, when responsibly manufactured, used and recycled, extremely environmentally friendly. This well-established, economically self-sustaining, closed-loop, “cradle-to-cradle” life cycle means lead batteries have been and will continue to be an incredibly advantageous technology component of the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.
Lead battery recycling services are a key component of supporting our customers’ sustainability efforts and contributing to the circular economy. Circularity is embedded in the battery value chain, and EnerSys is committed to advancing battery recycling throughout the industry. Our products, specifically lead batteries, can have negative environmental impacts if not handled properly.
Thanks to decades of work by EnerSys and the industry as a whole, lead batteries are now one of the most recycled products in the world, with more than 95% of the lead, plastic and other materials in each battery being recoverable. Once reclaimed, they can account for up to 80% of the lead and plastic in a new battery.
We are working in partnership with trade associations and industry experts to develop a circular lithium-ion battery recycling process similar to what is already in place for lead-acid batteries. We know that lithium-ion batteries bring different challenges at end-of-use, and we aim to ensure that solutions are developed to recover, recycle and re-use those batteries, just as we have done for lead batteries.
We support the development of new technologies for recovering lithium-ion battery parts for recycling. We are especially interested in new processes that are less impactful on the environment, whether that’s through a lower carbon footprint or producing less per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We will continue to work with our industry associations to seek out partners to advance the recycling of our lithium-ion battery products.