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Why critical minerals are important for low carbon technologies?
A Wind Turbine (3MW) needs 2000kg of rare earths!
The world will need a similar amount of copper in the next 25 years (550 m/t) as the last 5000 years has produced!
Demand for lithium could increase by 965% by 2050!
The World Bank's 2020 report "Minerals for Climate Action: "The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition" estimates over 3 billion tons of minerals and metals will be needed to deploy wind, solar and geothermal power, as well as energy storage, required for achieving a below 2°C future
What global organisations are working on minerals for the future?
How can minerals be sourced responsibly?
Many organisations are working to ensure mineral extraction is socially and environmentally responsible - from the Responsible Mining Index to the United Nations 'International Resource Panel'.
The 'Responsible Raw Materials 2020 Conference' brought together a huge range of stakeholders in this sphere and responsible materials resources on their website
To learn more - try the Natural Resource Governance Institute's free online course 'Natural Resources for Sustainable Development' which covers the sustainable development opportunities and challenges of mineral extraction, and Geology for Global Development's free open-access module on ‘Geoscience and Sustainable Development’
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How can I learn more about the role of critical minerals in modern, low-carbon technologies?
Try this free Online Course 'Technology Metals for a Green Future'
Learn how critical raw materials are found and used, and explore their role in contributing to a more sustainable future. Featuring:
Geology, ore deposits and minerals
Exploring and production of technology metals ores