Battery Council International joins Global Battery Alliance

GBA provides a platform to achieve the battery industry's circularity goals.

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Battery Council International (BCI), Chicago, has joined the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), Alexandria, Virginia, the public-private collaboration platform founded in 2017 at the World Economic Forum to help establish a sustainable battery value chain by 2030. 

According to a news release from BCI, the GBA brings together leading international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, industry actors, academics and multiple governments to align collectively in a precompetitive approach to drive systemic change along the entire value chain. It provides its more than 120 members with a collaborative platform to pool expertise and achieve shared goals of circularity, environmental protection and sustainable development.  

"The GBA is pleased to welcome BCI to its growing membership base,” says GBA Executive Director Inga Petersen. “Cooperative multistakeholder engagement among critical stakeholders is necessary to realize our vision of a sustainable and responsible battery value chain, and we look forward to working with BCI in making our vision a reality.”  

Formed in 1924, the BCI connects more than 125 battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers and retailers, suppliers of raw materials and equipment and battery distributors from North America and around the world.   

"We are honored to join the impressive list of organizations that support GBA,” says BCI Executive Vice President and General Counsel Roger Miksad. “As one of the first industries to develop a [truly] circular economy across North America, BCI supports GBA's Guiding Principles, in particular, to establish a circular battery value chain to support the transition to a low carbon economy.” 

BCI says its members account for more than 98 percent of U.S. lead-acid battery production and recycling capacity. With 99 percent of used lead batteries collected and recycled in the U.S. and the typical new lead battery containing 80 percent or more of recycled content, the BCI says supports the path toward similar sustainability goals for all other battery chemistries.

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