Battery Certification Program for Lead Battery Manufacturing in Vietnam

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2007 - $49,914

Lead batteries store power from environmentally preferable energy sources, but pollution during manufacturing and recycling of the batteries is a major cause of lead poisoning around the world. The rise in electric vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and computers is fueling rapid growth in battery production, with over three-fourths of all lead going into batteries. With the increase in recycling lead batteries comes and increase in small-scale smelting operations that are extremely inefficient, poison workers, pollute the environment, and contribute to high rates of childhood lead poisoning. This team will partner with Occupational Knowledge International (OK International), which has developed the Better Environmental Sustainability Targets (BEST) certification standards for lead battery manufacturers in India. The team will expand the program to Vietnam, developing policy initiatives on battery collection systems and examining how such efforts could be integrated with the goals of the BEST Certification. They will identify successful battery recycling policies and management programs employed in other countries, examine broader impacts of improved lead recycling and production processes in the context of the expanding motorization in Vietnam, and further articulate the case for controlling exposures from battery manufacturing with eco-labeling incentive programs.