“it takes more than 100 times the energy to manufacture an alkaline battery than is available during its use phase.” And when the entirety of a battery’s emissions are added up — including sourcing, production, and shipping — its greenhouse gas emissions are 30 times that of the average coal-fired power plant, per watt-hour.

All of which is to say: An appliance powered by an alkaline battery consumes more carbon than an appliance that’s plugged into an electrical outlet, according to the study.

glitch p-udding:

I very rarely use non-rechargeable batteries. Am I the only one? Someone recently saw my battery charger and was curious, having somehow never heard of rechargeables before.