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ABRI May News

 

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.

 

May news contents

 

  1. Preparing for the new Victorian environmental regulations commencing 1 July
  2. Parkes NSW – dedicated ewaste (inc battery recycling) and critical minerals precinct
  3. RACV article – what becomes of old hybrid and EV batteries?
  4. Will the trucking industry go electric?
  5. Battery recycling could cut raw material costs by 12%
  6. Sustainable aluminium ion batteries
  7. Become an ABRI member – the benefits of membership
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1. PREPARING FOR NEW VICTORIAN ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS COMMENCING 1 JULY

As many of you will be aware, from 1 July 2021 the Victorian environmental protection regulation will change  how Victoria regulates pollution, waste and contamination from businesses.The proposed final Regulations and tools to support the new Environment Protection Act are available at the link below.

The Victorian EPA is hosting a webinar on 8 June 2021 for anyone who produces, transports or receives waste in Victoria. Topics that will be discussed include waste permissions and the waste tracker system, how to classify and manage waste, and the new waste duties. The registration link is below and ABRI encourages its members and stakeholders to submit questions to the EPA in advance via the registration link.

The EPA is expecting to shortly finalise battery recycling guidance that assists in the process of identifying hazards and risk control measures. ABRI is working with the EPA to run a session to talk through the battery recycling guidance.

REGISTER FOR EPA WEBINAR ON WASTE
LINK TO VIC EPA INFORMATION - WHAT THE NEW ACT MEANS FOR VICTORIAN BUSINESSES
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2. PARKES NSW - DEDICATED EWASTE (INC BATTERY) RECYCLING AND CRITICAL MINERAL PRECINCT

The NSW Government is developing a dedicated recycling (inc batteries) and critical mineral resources precinct in Parkes through NSW’s special activation precinct framework. Focus will be on e-waste and plastics recycling as well as supplies of critical minerals such as lithium and cobalt to the emerging electric vehicle battery industry. The site also enables minerals value adding and supports recycling and repurposing operations. Parkes is located at the centre of Australia’s transport and logistics networks and encompassing the existing National Logistics Hub providing a reach to 80% of Australia’s population through overnight freight.

CSIRO is exploring setting up a pilot scale battery recycling research facility which can be accessed and utilitised by industry and researchers to rapidly scale up technologies.

ABRI is looking to set up a member briefing on 3 or 4 June with the Department of Regional NSW and CSIRO on the battery recycling precinct including potential investment opportunities. Please send the ABRI secretariat an email if you are interested secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE PARKES PRECINCT
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3. RACV ARTICLE - WHAT BECOMES OF OLD HYBRID AND EV BATTERIES?

Tim Nicholson has written an article for RACV explaining what happens to car batteries once they can no longer be recharged. He discusses the existing track record for recycling lead acid batteries and the developing industry for recycling hybrid and lithium ion batteries.

LINK TO RACV ARTICLE
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4. WILL THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY GO ELECTRIC?

A number of recent stories have pointed to corporate pressure to improve the environmental performance of logistics/transport. This is both through moving to electric trucks and looking at how circular economy objectives can be applied through battery reuse.

The Guardian is reporting on an electric truck trial where batteries can be swapped in 3 minutes without the need for plug in charging.

An article in the Conversation looked at drivers of change in the trucking industry and how swapping batteries for commercial vehicles may be an attractive option linked to hubs on major transportation routes.

VIEW GUARDIAN STORY
VIEW CONVERSATION STORY
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5. BATTERY RECYCLING COULD CUT RAW MATERIAL USE BY 12%

Yusuf Khan at Argus Media discusses an International Energy Agency report which looks at how recycling and reuse could cut raw material demand for lithium and nickel.

LINK TO ARTICLE
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6. SUSTAINABLE ALUMINIUM ION BATTERIES

Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) have announced a research agreement with the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) for the manufacture of graphene aluminium-ion batteries.

GRAPHENE PRESS RELEASE
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7. BECOME AN ABRI MEMBER - THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

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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