Smart Energy Council Urges No Vote on Battery Standard AS/NZS 5139

Smart Energy Council Urges No Vote on Battery Standard AS/NZS 5139

Today the second draft of the Standards Australia Battery Standard goes to a vote for acceptance/rejection by the voting members of the committee that drafted it.

After consulting with our leading battery manufacturer members, the Smart Energy Council will be urging a ‘no’ vote on the draft.

Our concern is with fire control measures for pre-assembled battery storage systems.

The requirements are out of step with the risk posed and will add significant expense without significant benefit. Australia will again be an international outlier.

Despite frantic attempts to settle on an evidence based risk management approach, the current draft has been submitted for a vote.

In order to resolve the issue the committee needs the opportunity to fully consider this.

We urge the parties to do this quickly, so we can fast track an appropriate standard that all stakeholders can endorse.

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