The Battery Industry Group

Our work - mahi

We are currently progressing a co-designed product stewardship scheme so that the product stewardship organisation can apply for it to be accredited by the Minister for the Environment. This is part of the process for a regulated product stewardship scheme for a priority product. 

Scheme development timeline

  • B.I.G. project kicks off, working groups formed


  • July – Electrical and electronic products (e-waste including large batteries) declared a Priority Product by government
  • July – Associate Minister for the Environment announces funding to support scheme design
  • July – Milestone 1 Report submitted to the Ministry
  • December – Battery user group formed
  • January – Milestone 2 report submitted to the Ministry
  • April – Consultation on proposed design for large battery scheme
  • May Milestone 3 report submitted to Ministry for the Environment
  • November – Ministry for the Environment consultation on proposed product stewardship regulations for large batteries (closed 16 December)
  • Governance of the B.I.G. project transferred to Auto Stewardship New Zealand (a not-for-profit Product Stewardship Organisation)
  • Additional funding secured
  • Project managers for Co-Design Phase 2 appointed
  • Scope of work and workplan for Phase 2 agreed
  • Stocktake of non-EV large batteries (e.g. used in second life applications and energy storage), develop a mass balance methodology
  • Progress a battery traceability platform that includes the EV Passport system
  • Build an in-depth picture of the different battery types in the New Zealand market that fall within the scope of the scheme, to inform the funding model
  • Develop the consumer facing brand platform for the scheme
  • Expand the stakeholder database, build stakeholder awareness and engagement
  • Develop the business plan and financial model for the scheme
  • Application for scheme accreditation to Ministry for the Environment
  • Regulatory process to decide on and enact regulations
  • Implementation

Our reports

As part of the scheme design process, we produced a number of reports.
Our Safety & Logistics group also created some safety guidelines

Milestone three report

Proposal for a circular product stewardship scheme for large batteries.

Milestone two report

Detailed research into key aspects of the battery value chain that would interact with the scheme.

milestone one report

Background research of scheme elements, New Zealand value chains and context.

Safety & Logistics Guidance

Voluntary guidelines for the safe handling, transportation and storage of large batteries.


To enable innovation and collaboration so that New Zealand can play our part in the circular value chain that will power the transition to a low emissons economy. To reduce the risk of environmental harm from batteries at the end of their useful life.

That’s why the government included them in the declaration of priority products in 2020 under Electrical and electronic products (e-waste including large batteries).

Priority products are categories of products which the government has decided must be managed through a regulated product stewardship scheme. This is when regulations are used to:

  • increase circular resource use
  • place responsibilities for managing end-of-life products on producers, importers and retailers rather than on communities, councils, neighbourhoods and nature.

All batteries over 5kg are in the scope of the scheme, (excluding lead acid batteries). These include the types of batteries that are used in electric vehicles and for stationery energy storage such as in solar energy systems. Batteries under 5kg (like those commonly used in e-bikes), will be in scope for other e-waste schemes.

The scheme will be accountable for what happens to batteries throughout their life cycle. It will bring together everyone from vehicle and battery importers, sellers, and servicers to stationery energy storage users, second life users, car dismantlers and recyclers. It will enable innovation and collaboration.

The scheme will be funded by an Advanced Stewardship Fee paid when a battery is imported or manufactured. This fee will then be used to operate the scheme.

Businesses who import, sell, install, service, repurpose or recycle large batteries.

For more detail, see our milestone three report

Users of large batteries will be assured that there is an end of life pathway for their batteries at the end of their useful life. For vehicle batteries, that may mean second life as stationary energy storage before batteries are recycled.

Once the scheme is accredited, there is a regulatory and cabinet process that will allow fees to be charged so the scheme can get underway. We are currently working towards being able to apply for accreditation in 2023.

Second life storage is when a battery is initially used for one purpose and then repurposed for another. For example, once vehicle batteries no longer have the performance needed for a vehicle, they can often still be used to store power in other applications, such as solar energy for homes and workplaces.