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|Essential to Our Future|
Meeting the growing global demand for energy requires a mixture of efficient energy storage technologies. Modern lead batteries are an essential part of that mixture, by providing sustainable energy storage for vital industries such as transportation, logistics, renewable energy and communications infrastructure. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet, 99% of all lead batteries are recycled, making them the most recycled good in the U.S.
Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries to power our daily lives. The initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International (BCI) and the International Lead Association (ILA).
In addition, technological advances in lead batteries continue to increase their life cycle, storage capacity and overall performance to meet our future energy needs in key sectors.
In transportation, a billion vehicles worldwide use lead batteries to start their engines and power on-board electronics. All fuel-efficient hybrid and fully electric vehicles also require advanced lead batteries in conjunction with other battery technologies. Collectively, the new generation of start-stop vehicles that use an advanced lead battery can provide significant fuel savings.
Within the energy sector, lead batteries store renewable energy generated by cleaner, greener sources like wind and solar. These industrial lead batteries are the world’s most scalable, economic way to load the grid and reliably supply emergency back-up power during outages. This ensures critical medical, data and security services continue to operate.
Many of our communication systems, like cell phone and internet services, would be severely affected without lead batteries. They safeguard most of the world’s fixed and mobile phone networks and IT infrastructure, delivering around-the-clock emergency power.
Put simply, the dynamic benefits and sustainability of lead batteries make them the smart choice for solving the energy storage needs of today and the emerging technology needs of tomorrow.
Commitment to Employees
The U.S. lead battery industry enables more than 95,000 jobs for American workers and contributed more than $28 billion in total economic output to the national economy in 2016.
The study, Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry, prepared by the Economic Development Research Group demonstrates the positive economic impact lead battery manufacturers and recyclers provide to thousands of American workers and their communities. Employees of the lead battery industry cumulatively earn $6 billion annually, with average salaries among mining and recycling employees reaching $83,606, while manufacturing employees see similarly high salaries of $62,343-providing livable wages and access to the middle class for workers regardless of their education level.
View the video below to learn more about the industry's commitment to protect the environment, contribute to the local economy and volunteer for local charity initiatives.