ILA Blog


Innovation continues at Boliden’s Bergsöe plant - 14/11/2019

By Fredrik Kanth, Boliden As one of Europe’s largest recyclers of automotive lead batteries in Europe, our lead smelter at Boliden Bergsöe has been upgraded to … Continue Reading

The impact of ILA during the European Week for Safety & Health at Work - 25/10/2019

By Dr Steve Binks It’s the European Week for Safety & Health at Work - #EUhealthyworkplaces. A core part of ILA’s mission is to encourage continual … Continue Reading

Industry committed to improving recycling standards worldwide - 09/09/2019

For more than two decades the International Lead Association (ILA) has been supporting the lead battery recycling industry with technical expertise advising businesses, governments and … Continue Reading

Ensuring the environmentally sound, safe and sustainable recycling of used lead batteries is a joint effort - 05/09/2019

It is a pivotal time for the global lead and lead battery industries. As the world moves towards a more sustainable, responsible, and environmentally-sound future, … Continue Reading

Innovative ways to manage lead exposures at H. J. Enthoven & Sons - 20/08/2019

 By Mark Ashmore (H. J. Enthoven & Sons, United Kingdom)  As legislation inevitably catches up with the science of human health effects, what are the challenges … Continue Reading

Our man in the field… closer to home - 05/08/2019

Brian Wilson ILA’s battery safety and recycling expert Brian Wilson has exchanged the jungles of Colombia and the recycling plants of Nairobi for the streets of … Continue Reading

Socrates’ view on lead in a Circular Economy - 29/07/2019

By Annelies Malfliet, KU Leuven If generation were in a straight line only, and there were no compensation or circle in nature, no turn or return into … Continue Reading

Industry must work together to defend its future - 26/06/2019

By Dr Andy Bush Our industry is at something of a turning point as we look ahead, which is exactly what we did at the 21st International … Continue Reading

Coming together for a sustainable future for the lead industry - 31/05/2019

By Dr Andy Bush With just two weeks until Pb2019, ILA is readying itself to welcome over 150 delegates at the premier event for analysis and … Continue Reading

Europe needs a new industrial strategy in which to champion batteries - 03/04/2019

By Dr Andy Bush Concerned by China, the EU is rapidly looking for a new industrial strategy to match the perceived power and influence of a … Continue Reading

Global recycling day: how lead and lead batteries support green growth - 18/03/2019

By Dr Andy Bush   One of the pressing questions for all businesses grappling with how to protect the earth’s natural resources and environment for the long … Continue Reading

Socrates and the philosophy of the circular economy - 11/03/2019

By Lisa Allen, REACH Manager THE EU has published an update on its progress towards becoming a truly circular economy, and it reads a bit like this: … Continue Reading

Promoting and supporting best practice recycling in Nairobi, Kenya - 11/03/2019

By Brian Wilson   ILA’s responsible battery recycling expert Brian Wilson is in Kenya, primarily to attend the upcoming United Nations Environment Assembly, where he will make … Continue Reading

In Europe lead batteries will help charge a low carbon future - 19/02/2019

By Dr Andy Bush With elections around the corner, Europe is not just facing one year of political upheaval, but decades of significant transformation as it … Continue Reading

As climate change tops the list of concerns at Davos, governments must move quickly to back battery technologies - 24/01/2019

By Dr Andy Bush As global decision makers consider the state of the world at their gathering in Davos, climate change and environmental concerns feature in … Continue Reading

The year ahead promises change and new opportunities - 01/01/2019

By Dr Andy Bush As we enter a new year it will without doubt be a significant period of new challenges and opportunities - and change … Continue Reading

Innovation is the key to tackling climate change - 03/12/2018

By Dr Alistair Davidson AS politicians and experts gather in Poland to consider how to tackle global warming, battery experts are continuing to see how innovation … Continue Reading

Microgrid experiment is part of global battery energy storage bid to boost electrification - 09/11/2018

By Dr Alistair Davidson ON a university campus in rural Missouri, a partnership project between industry and academia is paving the way for homes to adopt … Continue Reading

Lead batteries provide the blueprint for circular economy and sustainability goals - 31/10/2018

By Dr Alistair Davidson Today we celebrate World Cities Day, a UN designated day for the recognition and celebration of urbanisation worldwide, with the motto ‘Better … Continue Reading

The European Battery Alliance is one year old; it is time to embrace all battery technologies - 15/10/2018

By Dr Andy Bush   This month marks the one-year anniversary of the European Battery Alliance (EBA). With energy storage in Europe increasing by 49% in 2017, … Continue Reading

How lead batteries help achieve a greener world - 25/09/2018

Dr Alistair Davidson Last week, Zero Emissions Day focused the world’s attention on the goal of reducing emissions and encourages and celebrates opportunities to achieve this … Continue Reading

Solar power and lead batteries energise the Navajo Nation - 23/08/2018

Dr Alistair Davidson In one of the most sun-drenched regions of North America, ALABC member company Crown Battery is helping deliver a sustainable, renewable energy storage … Continue Reading

The EU is short-circuiting its battery plans - 27/06/2018

Dr Andy Bush ONE of the most high-profile EU Commissioners (and forthcoming candidate for the EU presidency) Maroš Šefčovič, has been in Washington D.C., US, speaking … Continue Reading

A plan for all seasons - 21/05/2018

Dr Andy Bush   THE vast legislative juggernaut that is the EU moved up a gear this week with the latest announcement of its package of measures … Continue Reading

Our man in Colombia - 15/05/2018

Brian Wilson   CALI is a thriving city in the north-west of a South American country once renowned for its reputation for drug cartels and conflict.   Times have … Continue Reading

Letter from America: the heat is on - 10/05/2018

Dr Andy Bush   I HAVE spent a week deep in the Arizona desert with the US’s leading battery manufacturers discussing the opportunities and threats facing the … Continue Reading

Revolutionary spirit energises Boston - 02/05/2018

Dr Alistair Davidson   AS the birthplace of the American revolution it was fitting that Boston, Massachusetts, should host a conference about a very different, but no … Continue Reading

Something fishy’s going on in Sweden - 25/04/2018

Dr Andy Bush   The European Union is currently consulting on a proposal which could, if supported, restrict the use of lead metal in products.   This would be … Continue Reading

Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing? - 23/04/2018

Dr Steve Binks   Businesses welcome good regulation, but sometimes large organisations such as the EU are faced with the left hand not always being aware what … Continue Reading

Follow the star in the East - 03/04/2018

Dr Alistair Davidson   SAUDI ARABIA has signalled another dramatic step in its transformation from being an oil state to a renewable energy empire, by investing $200billion … Continue Reading

A bright future for lead - 29/03/2018

Dr Andy Bush   I spoke at two conferences last week, one organised by analysts from the commodities group CRU, the other an event for Metal Bulletin. … Continue Reading

Lead batteries: essential energy for a greener world - 16/03/2018

Dr Andy Bush   The huge increase in demand for safe and reliable batteries to store energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind heralds a … Continue Reading

China forges ahead in energy storage using advanced lead batteries - 15/03/2018

Dr Alistair Davidson   One of my early impressions as I tour China’s vast industrial heartlands is the country’s growing demand for electricity from renewable sources to … Continue Reading

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