Critical Minerals – a whole supply-chain approach

BC Mining Month: “Changing Mines, Changing Minds”
BC Mining Month: “Changing Mines, Changing Minds”
May 11, 2022
Column: Mining is key to the energy transition, but it’s still unloved
Column: Mining is key to the energy transition, but it’s still unloved
May 11, 2022
Critical Minerals - a whole supply-chain approach
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Maxime Ouellet, ing.

Critical Minerals – a whole supply-chain approach

As the world races to a net zero emissions target, Governments and companies across the globe are increasingly grappling with the practicalities of achieving net zero emissions target by 2050, consistent with the Paris Agreement. Economies have accelerated efforts to reduce emissions, which has seen an exponential increase in clean energy technology. This upwards trend – which isn’t even close to reaching its peak – combined with increasing global focus on securing critical mineral supply chains is causing the whole world to increase its focus on critical minerals. The term ‘critical minerals’ is generally a reference to mineral or metal elements which are crucial in the development of future technologies. These include lithium, graphite, cobalt, vanadium, scandium, copper, nickel and rare earth elements – each an essential component in solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and other low emissions technologies as well as being essential for EVs. The types of […]

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