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 a battery 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


These tasks have been completed

  • Assessment of application for accreditation by the Ministry for the Environment
  • Regulatory process to decide on and enact regulations
  • Implementation

Reports, resources and FAQs

Reports about the scheme development can be found on our Rauemei - Resources page, FAQs about large batteries and scheme development can be found on our Pātai - FAQs page