An essential component in vehicles
1 billion vehicles worldwide use lead-based batteries to start the engine and power the on-board electronics.

Used in storage for renewable energy sources
Lead-based batteries provide cost-effective storage for renewable energy, such as solar and wind power.

The most recycled metal
Lead has the highest recycling and reuse rates compared to other major metals and lead-based batteries,
the main application for lead, has a recycling rate above 95%.

Reducing carbon emissions in motoring
Advanced lead-based batteries are used in the latest micro-hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles
to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

A sustainable construction material
Architectural lead sheet will outlast any other roofing material and is 100% recyclable.

Providing protection in healthcare
Lead is unrivalled as a barrier to radiation in medical scanning equipment used in hospitals,
dental surgeries and laboratories.

Protecting the world’s telecommunications and IT infrastructure
Most of the world’s fixed and mobile phone networks and IT infrastructure relies on lead-based
batteries for emergency power.

Vital for underwater transmission cables
Lead protects underwater cables used to transmit offshore renewable wind and wave power to users.
Underwater lead communications cables also help keep the world connected.

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