Big ideas on critical raw materials: how can the UK maintain supplies with minimal impact?

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2 December, 2021

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UK demand for raw materials, such as lithium and cobalt used in electric vehicle batteries and other important technologies, is set to soar as we move towards a net zero carbon economy.

But the environmental and social impacts of mining can be devastating, and there are also geopolitical and economic risks to supply chains.

We explored what should be done to reduce these risks and make sure the UK’s transition to a net zero economy is fair and green.

The event kicked off with an account of how the mining of critical raw materials is affecting communities and the environment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We then heard what we concluded in our own recent analysis, followed by big ideas from experts around what should be done to ensure a thriving low carbon economy, while minimising our global footprint.


Lucy Siegle (chair)

Environmental journalist

Emmanuel Umpula

Executive director, Afrewatch

Heather Plumpton

Policy analyst, Green Alliance

Jonathan Norman

Senior research fellow, Sustainable Research Institute, University of Leeds

Dr David Greenfield

Managing director and founder of SOENECS

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