The Battery Industry Group

Phase one

Starting the journey

During phase one, the B.I.G. group was brought together to carry out initial research, consultation and co-design for a product stewardship scheme for large batteries. Three milestone reports were submitted to Ministry for the Environment. You can view the milestone reports on our Mahi page.

A number of working groups were needed for this phase.

Phase one structure

  • Jo Phillips (Vector)
  • Juhi Shareef (Vector),
  • Duncan Wilson (Eunomia)
  • Basil Issa (EECA)
  • Janine Brinsdon (WasteMINZ)
  • Sarah Pritchett (WasteMINZ),
  • Jonathan Sergel (AA)
  • Mark Toner (Vector)
  • Karl Check (Vector)
  • Mark Gilbert (Drive Electric)

See the Battery Industry Group terms of reference

The Safety& Logistics group produced safety guidance on use, handling, storage, transport – Where possible, safety guidance on end-of-use / end-of-life management of second-life large batteries.

See the guidance here.

See the group’s terms of reference here.

The Battery Innovation Hub (BIH) informed the B.I.G. product stewardship scheme design through:

  • Trial end-of-life management options
  • Connect second-life entrepreneurs with sources of used batteries
  • Trial chain-of-custody technologies e.g. RFID and Blockchain.

See the group’s terms of reference here.

The Battery User Group kicked-off in early 2020. The aim of the Group was to ensure that the views of end-users of large batteries were considered during all stages of designing the product stewardship scheme proposal. Chair was Mandy Mellar from the AA Battery Service.

The Stakeholder Reference Group was led by David Crawford from the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc). 

The group was made up of industry experts and key stakeholders who took an active role in advising on the proposed product stewardship scheme design.

The Advisory Group was formed to advise B.I.G., specifically the Core Delivery Team, on the development and delivery of its objectives. The Group was comprised of: