Battery Webinar Series
Please join Beveridge & Diamond for our 2024 Battery Webinar Series.
Join us for a webinar series that will delve into the complex and evolving landscape of environmental and supply chain requirements affecting the entire battery lifecycle, from responsible sourcing of raw materials to end-of-life collection and recycling. Batteries have long been essential components in products as diverse as consumer electronics, medical devices, power tools, and industrial equipment. Moreover, as the world transitions towards more sustainable energy production and transportation, batteries have become a critical component in new energy infrastructure and electric vehicles. However, their design, manufacture, distribution, use, and recycling raise a host of legal and environmental issues that require careful consideration.
There is no charge to attend this webinar series, but advance registration is required. This series is intended for in-house counsel, EHS professionals, and business leaders at companies, municipalities, and trade associations. If you would like to request an invitation, or if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
CLE credit will be available for each live session. We will apply for credit in states requested during registration.
March 12, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will delve into the legal frameworks, regulations, and ethical considerations surrounding the sourcing of materials for batteries. Gain insights into due diligence standards and frameworks, and mandatory and voluntary disclosures related to materials sourcing, and learn how due diligence can mitigate human rights and environmental impacts, and reduce supply chain risks.
Speaker: Megan Morgan
May 9, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will explore the critical Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) compliance and material restriction issues that battery manufacturers and importers need to consider in manufacturing their products.
The speakers will also discuss guidance by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on whether lithium-ion batteries need a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) under OSHA’s hazard communication standard.
Growing U.S. Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes for Lithium Batteries and Related Products
June 25, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will explore recent U.S. adoption of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws, holding manufacturers accountable for the entire life cycle of lithium batteries and related products. As the demand for these products continues to rise, more states are adopting requirements for the responsible management of li-ion battery waste on battery “producers,” which can include battery manufacturers, brand owners, or in some cases end device manufacturers. The speakers will discuss the future of lithium battery EPR regulations as they expand in the United States, and how stakeholders should prepare and respond.
Additional programs to be announced.
Environmental Issues Across the Battery Lifecycle & Basel Convention Developments Impacting Future Circularity
January 23, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
This webinar set the stage for the webinar series to follow by providing an overview of the environmental issues at play across the battery lifecycle, with a focus on lithium-ion batteries.
Then, the speakers explored the requirements of the Basel Convention, a global agreement governing the transboundary movement of wastes, as well as evolving legal controls and trade bans on the international movement of waste batteries, electronic wastes, and materials derived from waste batteries, such as “black mass.” Parties to the Convention (191 countries) are considering amendments that could expand the scope of waste batteries covered by the Convention and are preparing technical guidelines on environmentally sound management, with important implications for U.S. access to critical minerals that are derived from waste batteries.
February 27, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will explain how the U.S. hazardous waste regulations under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and its state counterparts apply to generators, collectors, and recyclers of used lithium-ion batteries, as well as materials resulting from battery recycling, such as black mass. It will highlight key unanswered questions and the potential need for additional guidance or regulatory changes to facilitate the development of a circular economy for the critical minerals that are essential components of the batteries.
Speaker: Aaron Goldberg