Column: Mining is key to the energy transition, but it’s still unloved

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Critical Minerals – a whole supply-chain approach
May 11, 2022
Column: Mining is key to the energy transition, but it’s still unloved
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Maxime Ouellet, ing.

Column: Mining is key to the energy transition, but it’s still unloved

Stock Image Mining is probably the most vital sector to the global energy transition and the success of the much-vaunted net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 targets. Still, it’s currently the laggard in the process. The mining industry is largely at an inflection point insofar it knows its raw materials are the building blocks of the move from fossil fuels to clean energy, but it can’t seem to convince the rest of world that this is the case. The overwhelming message from miners, and investors at two major mining conferences in South Africa this week is that the situation is urgent, and getting worse. The challenges do seem pressing, given the vast volumes of copper, lithium, cobalt, nickel, zinc, manganese and graphite that will be required, and the limited plans to develop new mines to produce the metals needed. The mining industry faces several issues that it needs to address, […]

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