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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 9 May 2022

  1. ABRI Executive Committee consultation on current status of used lead acid battery recycling value chain
  2. The step change in the Australian battery recycling industry – Next ABRI Members General Meeting – 29 June – Face to face in Sydney
  3. Lending your expertise to inform development of a proposed ABIA lithium-ion battery endorsement symbol
  4. Understanding the world of lithium-ion battery safety and product quality tests – Workshop (1pm, 17 May)
  5. BSC – B-cycle implementation consultation session 9, 4 May
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1. ABRI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CONSULTATION ON CURRENT STATUS OF USED LEAD ACID BATTERY RECYCLING VALUE CHAIN

A confluence of events is impacting all segments (automotive, industrial and steel casing) of the used lead acid battery recycling value chain pending the commissioning of the final round of new investment. This investment is projected to enhance capacity as well as capability to recycle industrial and steel casing lead acid batteries.

Key changes to the lead acid battery recycling supply chain include:

  • Recent commissioning of new capacity in Western Australia and Queensland and development is underway on new capacity in Victoria. This is in addition to proposed investments at existing plants.
  • Changing mix of used lead acid batteries with an increase in industrial and steel case batteries entering the market. Some of this is reportedly being driven by increased compliance activities limiting the amount of batteries that can be stored and supporting quick turnover to minimise stockpiles.
  • Delays in expanding capacity for recycling lead acid batteries following the closure of the Australian Refined Alloys recycling facility.
  • Regulatory limits on and changes in storage capacity across all parts of the supply chain as a stronger focus is put on safe and sustainable management of used batteries to minimise fire risks. This is occurring across all used battery types.
  • COVID impacts on consumer behaviour, business operations and investments has added to value chain disruption, including: an increase in automotive batteries entering the recycling chain, the result of flat batteries during lockdowns; delays in investments; and operational impacts on staffing.
  • Increased regulatory restrictions on transport of used lead acid batteries.

These changes are creating bottlenecks and the need for increased storage of used lead acid battery across the supply chain at a time when regulatory actions are restricting storage capacity. This requires immediate action to support safe and sustainable storage and recycling of lead acid batteries. To provide longer term investment certainty for all parts of the Australian value chain, the ongoing changes to the battery recycling industry regulatory environment also need to be clarified and settled.

The ABRI Executive Committee is seeking submissions from interested stakeholders on the causes of the current situation, the expected duration of the bottlenecks, options for addressing these challenges and other concerns (excluding pricing) which ABRI can assist address. In proposing solutions, stakeholders should give consideration to:

  • How quickly a solution could be implemented
  • How the solution will deliver:
    • A safe, circular economy solution for used lead acid battery recycling pending the completion of investment projects supporting the ongoing expansion of the Australian battery recycling industry; and
    • Lead acid battery recycling industry investment confidence and certainty.

Interested stakeholders can send submissions to info@batteryrecycling.org.au. Please make submissions as soon as practicable. The submission date closes on Monday 23 May. However, if you require more time to make a submission, please email the ABRI secretariat info@batteryrecycling.org.au prior to 23 May to advise when you will be sending in your submission.

To ensure transparency of the process, please support your statements with a publicly available evidence base. ABRI may publish submissions and share with the Executive Committee and governments if requested.

As an industry association, ABRI has obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (‘the Act’) and the Executive Committee requests stakeholders not provide information, including pricing, which may breach anti-competitive behaviour requirements under the Act. Any stakeholder with concerns about industry practice and competition should refer these to the appropriate regulator. For further information visit, https://www.accc.gov.au/business/industry-associations-professional-services/industry-associations

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2. THE STEP CHANGE IN THE AUSTRALIAN BATTERY RECYCLING INDUSTRY - NEXT ABRI MEMBERS GENERAL MEETING - 29 JUNE - FACE TO FACE IN SYDNEY

Delivering on member requests for more opportunities to meet battery recycling industry colleagues, the next ABRI Members General will be face to face in Sydney on Wednesday 29 June (4.30pm to 7.30pm).

The meeting will start with a roundtable discussion on the step change underway in the expansion of the Australian battery recycling industry, followed by an opportunity to chat with other ABRI members over drinks and canapes.

For those you are unable to make the trip to Sydney, we’ll look to livestream the roundtable discussion. Battery recycling is an Australia-wide industry so we will look to hold other events around the country.

A Sydney CBD venue for the event is currently being finalised. The ABRI secretariat will provide further details.

If you have not received an invite to this event, please email the ABRI secretariat at secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au

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3. LENDING YOUR EXPERTISE TO INFORM DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPOSED ABIA LITHIUM-ION BATTERY ENDORSEMENT SYMBOL

ABRI enjoys collaborating with the Australian Battery Industry Association (ABIA) to bring together our collective industry expertise and experience to deliver better outcomes for members, customers and industry.

In this context, the ABIA Board is seeking feedback from ABRI members on a proposal to develop an ABIA endorsement symbol for lithium-ion battery products.

As a first step, ABIA is proposing that the endorsement symbol or ‘tick’ will demonstrate that a lithium battery product range has undertaken safety and product performance tests and is participating in a product stewardship scheme.

The ABIA Board is seeking stakeholder feedback to understand:

  • How this could help improve product quality and safety
  • How this information could assist customers make informed choices
  • The feasibility of the approach

To apply for the endorsement symbol would be voluntary and at the discretion of each business. The framework excludes energy storage and electric vehicle batteries.

Further information can be found at ABIA Discussion Paper-May 2022- Proposed lithium-ion battery endorsement symbol.

 

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5. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SAFETY AND PRODUCT QUALITY TESTS - WORKSHOP (1PM, 17 MAY)

Join ABRI and ABIA (Australian Battery Recycling Initiative) members for a presentation on commonly used lithium-ion battery safety and product quality tests:

  • IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)
  • UN 38 requirements for transport of dangerous goods
  • performance testing
  • life cycle testing

The need to understand lithium-ion battery quality and safety is increasingly important as these batteries become the main energy source for households and businesses. For example, in the last 10 years, the market share of cordless power tools has moved to around 65% of the market from under 25%.

ABIA Board Member, Ryan Hammond (Sealed Performance Batteries), will present on the testing framework. Ryan has extensive experience in the importation, distribution and wholesaling of lithium-ion batteries. He currently leads the ABIA Lithium-ion Working Group which is looking at improving lithium-ion product quality, safety and circular economy outcomes for industry in conjunction with ABRI.

Register for the lithium-ion battery product safety and quality tests overview presentation (1pm, 17 May – online) by emailing secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.
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6. BSC B-CYCLE IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTATION SESSION 9 DOCUMENTS, 4 MAY

The presentation from the latest BSC consultation session (4 May, Session 9) with ABRI members on B-cycle focused on

  • B-cycle Q1 reflection
  • Rebate claims payment process
  • Alternative process option for evidentiary requirements

The ABRI presentation update focused on:

  • Engagement with Victorian government agencies on lithium-ion battery safety and other regulatory matters
  • Engagement with NSW EPA on compliance areas of focus especially for companies participating in B-cycle
  • How to make your member information on the ABRI website effective [NB/ All member information on the ABRI website should be compliant with ABRI’s competition law requirements as an industry association and any other regulatory requirements.]

The presentations can be found at

Session 10 will be held on 1 June. If there are items that you would like to see on the agenda, please email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

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