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Critical Mineral Association's Environmental, Social, Governance ESG Paper

Critical minerals are the building blocks of renewable energy technologies and essential in enabling the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution. We need these materials for technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and battery storage.


It is critical that the materials we use in these green technologies are responsibly sourced, adhering to world-class Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) standards, managing environmental impacts, respecting human rights, minimising greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local communities.

The paper outlines challenges and opportunities for the UK to be a world leader in mining and sourcing critical minerals responsibly. This paper intends to help navigate the complex landscape of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in mining. We present a number of recommendations for the UK Government to consider what measures it could take to ensure that critical minerals are sourced in a responsible way.

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Read 'A Blueprint for Responsible Sourcing of Critical Minerals' here:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this paper, including our members Satarla, SRK Consulting, Minviro, Roskill, Dalradian, Tungsten West, Cornish Lithium, Cornwall Resources, Tiraputi Graphite, Circulor and external contributors Digbee, Source Certain, NatureMetrics.

Special thanks to Aldo Pennini, Chair of CMA's ESG Working Group and Olimpia Pilch, ESG Paper Coordinator.

Laurens Tijsseling, Sustainability Manager at Minviro

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Sarah Gordon, Co-Founder & CEO at Satarla

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Jeff Townsend, Founder at Critical Minerals Association 

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Chris O'Brien, Senior Consultant (Environmental & Social) at SRK Consulting

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Kirsty Benham, Founder at Critical Minerals Association 

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'A Blueprint for Responsible Sourcing of Critical Minerals' was launched on 12th July 2021 - watch the event below.