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ABRI May News

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.  Scroll down and click on the ‘read more’ buttons to go to the full news stories.

 

May news contents

  1. Australian Battery Industry reflects on the impact of COVID19
  2. European study puts the spotlight on the impact of fires caused by batteries in e-waste recycling
  3. Infrastructure Victoria calls out state’s ‘inconsistent’ recycling
  4. Envirostream explores urban mining to increase crop yields
  5. Exciting Sponsorship Opportunity: The Power-full Life of Batteries Animated Video
  6. Community expectations fuel the ESG principles of the battery industry
  7. Have you thought about becoming an ABRI member?
  8. VSPC – Lithium Australia’s cathode division – to enter the battery supply chain
  9. Evans says green light remains on for government investment
  10. ABRI seeks sponsors for training and guidelines
  11. US monthly scrap exports down on 2019
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AUSTRALIAN BATTERY INDUSTRY REFLECTS ON THE IMPACT OF COVID19

Over the past few weeks ABRI has interviewed members to understand the Implications of COVID-19 on the Battery Industry.  The results were summarised and presented to Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste and Environmental Management.   The findings show that even in the context of battery recycling as an essential service, COVID19 is presenting some significant challenges to the industry.

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EUROPEAN STUDY PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE IMPACT OF FIRES CAUSED BY BATTERIES IN E-WASTE RECYCLING

The aim of the study was to better understand the issue of fires in the used electronic and electrical equipment management chain, to better characterise fires associated with e-waste containing batteries, and assess the severity of the issue.   The report provides valuable insights into the frequency and severity of fires as well as the cost impacts such fires are having on the industry.

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INFRASTRUCTURE VICTORIA CALLS OUT STATE’S ‘INCONSISTENT’ RECYCLING

Infrastructure Victoria (IV) has highlighted unreliable recycling practices and policies across state and local governments and appealed to the state government to bring these to a unified standard.

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ENVIROSTREAM EXPLORES URBAN MINING TO INCREASE CROP YIELDS

Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd (‘Envirostream’), the battery recycling division of Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) is producing a suite of micro-nutrient products from spent alkaline batteries, which are currently being harvested from the offcasts of our throwaway consumer society

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EXCITING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY: THE POWER-FULL LIFE OF BATTERIES ANIMATED VIDEO

ABRI is seeking expressions of interest for sponsorship from industry and government to create a “Power-full Life of Batteries’ animated video.   The video will be produced by a professional communications team with experience in creating animated videos.  ABRI has created an initial concept storyboard which will be used as a foundation by the communications team. 

Please review the Expression of Interest document and let us know if you would like to sponsor this effort by June 5th.

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COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS FUEL THE ESG PRINCIPLES OF THE BATTERY INDUSTRY

E-mobility and communications, as well as management of renewable energy globally, all have something in common: the ubiquitous lithium-ion battery (LIB).

So do all sectors of the battery industry, be it mining, manufacture or beyond (end-of-life solutions for spent products), that ‘something’ being a propensity for waste, pollution and unsustainable practices.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING AN ABRI MEMBER?

ABRI members are actively involved at the forefront of developments in industry and government to address the rapid expansion in the market and ensure that solutions to battery stewardship are practical and far reaching. Together, we influence policy, participate in research, facilitate trials and develop best practices to ensure that battery handling and recovery options are safe, efficient and business friendly. Our members represent the entire supply chain – importers, retailers, energy providers, recyclers, as well as government and research. We rely on member support to provide the latest information, events, best practices and industry trends. If your organisation finds these activities relevant, now is a good time to become involved.

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VSPC – LITHIUM AUSTRALIA’S CATHODE DIVISION – TO ENTER THE BATTERY SUPPLY CHAIN

As Chinese automakers awaken from their COVID slumber, battery demand is expected to rise. Fundamentals for reinvigoration of the supply chain look bright, particularly for lithium ferro phosphate (‘LFP’) batteries, which have found their niche in low-cost electric cars, buses, trucks and rail and in energy-storage applications, not to mention as a replacement for lead-acid batteries in various other forms of transport and communication.

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EVANS SAYS GREEN LIGHT REMAINS ON FOR GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans recently attended a virtual meeting held by the Waste Management …

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ABRI SEEKS SPONSORS FOR TRAINING AND GUIDELINES

ABRI is seeking to create new revenue streams to manage the impact on our cash flow as a result of COVID-19.  Please let us know if you would like to support our work and ensure that guidelines and training can continue to be created to improve knowledge of battery best practices and safety.  ABRI’s guidelines are widely distributed and accessed from the ABRI website and sponsors will be recognised accordingly.  Please respond to our EOI by COB Friday 29th May 2020.  In particular we are seeking sponsors for:

  • Packaging guidelines for transporting used handheld batteries of mixed chemistries (draft attached)
  • Packaging guidelines for transporting used lead acid batteries (previous version attached)
  • Packaging guidelines for transporting used lithium batteries
  • Development of a training program to support each of the above guidelines to enhance compliance, foster best practice, and assist members to educate clients regarding transport packing requirements.
  • Development and production of “Button cell batteries guidelines for safe use & disposal”.

Click the buttons below to review the EOI and example guidelines.  It is envisaged that future editions will include sponsor logos.

Please let us know if you would like to sponsor any of these efforts by June 5th.

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ULAB GUIDELINES
BUTTON BATTERY GUIDELINES
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US MONTHLY SCRAP EXPORTS DOWN ON 2019

Latest trade data released by the US Commerce Department shows total US scrap exports in March were close to three million tonnes in March, which was up on the month before but down 8.8% on March 2019.

But the quarterly figures, pulled together by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, show that exports in Q1 2020 were just under nine million tonnes, slightly up on the same quarter in 2019.

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