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The Environmental Impacts of Battery Production and the Efforts to Mitigate Them

Energy storage batteries, often seen as the key to wider deployment of cleaner renewable energy, are not usually the subject of much environmental debate. They can be used to power electric cars and store output from renewable electricity generation such as wind turbines and solar panels.

Batteries also require large quantities of assorted metals and minerals in their manufacturing process. These materials are often mined, produced, and transported at great expenditures of money and energy, leaving behind a significant environmental footprint. Use and consumption of these resources also produce waste, contributing to the environmental impact.