On National Battery Day, February 18, we recognize the many ways lead batteries power and protect our everyday lives, as well as their role in shaping a sustainable, circular economy. Lead batteries safeguard the vital communications, data and health care infrastructure – which have become more critical during the pandemic than ever before:
• Support all points of vaccine manufacturing, including transportation, distribution and providing backup power for refrigeration.
• Provide backup power for life-saving equipment in hospitals worldwide.
• Power emergency vehicles and aid first responders. This includes energy for emergency lighting, and powering helicopters and other life-saving vehicles.
• Enable critical communications for 911 call centers and emergency response teams.

Lead batteries are also the most environmentally sustainable battery technology available and the most recycled consumer product, with more than 99% of lead batteries recycled in a circular economy model. In fact, the three main components of lead batteries are infinitely recyclable, keeping 130 million lead batteries from becoming waste each year. The Doe Run Company’s Resource Recycling facility is one of the largest single-site lead recycling facilities in the world, making it a vital link in the modern, closed-loop recycling system.

Download the Essential Energy Everyday infographic to learn more about how the lead battery industry is supporting a sustainable future.