Haere mai! The aim of B.I.G. is to design a ‘circular’ product stewardship scheme for large batteries. B.I.G. will create safety guidance and explore second-life options and innovative end-of-life solutions that help create a circular economy for large batteries.
In June 2020 the Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage approved $97,200 from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund for B.I.G. This funding, along with industry funding from Vector, the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc) and the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), will be used to research and develop a co-designed framework for a product stewardship scheme for large batteries of all types.
B.I.G. is chaired by Vector. Research for this project is being undertaken by Eunomia Research & Consulting and WasteMINZ has been contracted to provide project coordination. The structure is below: