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 then Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage declared large batteries to be a priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and 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), was 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 Juhi Shareef. Research for this project has been undertaken by Duncan Wilson of Eunomia Research & Consulting and WasteMINZ is the project coordinator.
Kōrero mai – Talk to us! Are large batteries – lithium-ion or other – part of your business? Are you a recycler? Do you have ideas about how second life batteries could be used? Are you an EV driver? We would love to hear from you, and for you to join the Battery Industry Group.