The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has inaugurated the India Reuse and Recycling Council (IRRC) aimed at propelling battery recycling initiatives and promoting sustainable second-life applications within India. This move comes in response to suggestions put forth during the India Battery Manufacturing and Supply Chain Summit 2024.
IESA and IRRC are both pioneering entities in the field of sustainable energy solutions. IESA, the International Energy Storage Alliance, collaborates with IRRC, the International Renewable Energy Research Consortium, to drive innovation and advancement in renewable energy technologies. Together, they strive to accelerate the global transition to clean and sustainable energy sources.
IESA focuses on promoting energy storage technologies, while IRRC conducts research and development initiatives to enhance the efficiency and viability of renewable energy systems. Through their combined efforts, IESA and IRRC contribute to the creation of a more sustainable future by facilitating the adoption of renewable energy solutions worldwide.
Under the stewardship of Debi Prasad Dash from the International Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), the IRRC is committed to the augmentation of battery reuse, recycling, and the retrieval of essential minerals. By fostering partnerships with stakeholders spanning the entirety of the value chain, governmental decision-makers, academic entities, and research and development institutions, its overarching aim is to propel the adoption of a circular economy paradigm.
Engaging with a diverse range of industry participants, including battery material suppliers, logistics companies, metal refiners, and recycling firms, the IRRC will undertake activities such as market evaluations, policy assessments, technology advancements, and forging global partnerships. Its focus lies in fostering efficient battery collection methods, promoting sustainable second-life applications, and advocating for responsible recycling practices.
The primary areas of focus encompass the advancement of domestic technological innovation, the development of policies, adherence to circularity principles, fostering global collaboration, and providing support for research and development. Working closely with member companies such as Exigo Recycling, LICO Materials, and Rubamin, the IRRC will collaborate with governmental entities such as NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Environment to propel progress within the industry.
Esteemed figures like ALN Rao of Exigo Recycling and Gaurav Dolwani of LICO Materials are optimistic about India’s capacity to emerge as a prominent center for battery-grade materials, driven by investments, inventive solutions, and regulatory frameworks such as the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022. Their dedication to sustainability underscores the collective endeavor of the industry to establish a circular economy within the electric vehicle sector.