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Do recent developments in the global regulatory landscape really threaten the future of the lead battery?

The market for lead now depends on the future of the lead battery. Whilst the huge increases in global energy demand open new opportunities for energy-storage applications, there are real question marks as to whether lead batteries will benefit from this revolution as a result of regulation that is pushing for substitution or increasing operating costs. The presentation will provide an overview of recent global regulatory developments that impact manufacturing and recycling of lead batteries in the context of wider policy, as well as macro trends driving the battery market. The study also sets out an analysis of regulations impacting other applications of lead and provides an outline of the actions that the industry is taking to combat these threats.

Steve Binks

Regulatory Affairs Director, International Lead Association

Steve Binks joined ILA in 2011 as Regulatory Affairs Director, having previously worked as Director of Hazard Assessment & Communication at GlaxoSmithKline. He has been employed in roles involving understanding and influencing developing legislation since joining SC Johnson as European Product Safety Manager in 1991. Steve is currently the chair of the Eurometaux Regulatory forum that assesses EU legislative development that impacts Associations and companies in the non-ferrous metals sector.