In a deal that will allow Johnson Controls to expand its automotive batteries production without carbon emissions and excess waste, Johnson Controls has invested in Aqua Metals, a company that uses a water-based process to recycle 99 percent of the lead from used lead-acid batteries.

Johnson Controls is the world’s largest automotive battery manufacturer. It supplies 146 million batteries a year to auto makers and to replacement-battery sellers Interstate Batteries and retailers such as Costco, Walmart and AutoZone.

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