The sustainable energy transition is essential – But where and how do we produce the raw materials?
Renewable energy and sustainable solutions for energy storage are key in the fight against the climate crisis. But we need to take a close look at the impact of every step in the value chain on nature, climate and people, in order to make the system truly sustainable.
The mining of metals and minerals affect the local environment, and both operation and transport can result in large greenhouse gas emissions. Primary production can also have adverse effects on the social sustainability of the local population, in some countries to a degree that human rights are at risk.
How can we secure the supply of raw materials to build, for example, batteries, wind turbines and solar panels? Recycling will not yield sufficient raw materials for the rate of construction of green energy technology, as well as the growing world population and economy. In most cases, the raw materials needed are not available in Sweden or the EU, and instead we rely on agreements with third countries in which the sustainability standards and controls are worse. How can we ensure that production is truly sustainable?
Welcome to a moderated panel discussion about metal and mineral supply for the green energy transition.
Read more about Vinnova’s work with innovation in mining here.
- Erik Olsson, Head of business development, Midsummer AB
- Martin Edlund, CEO, Minesto AB
- Anna Motta, Head of Technologies and Advanced Materials, Talga Group
- Sara Davidsson, Sustainability Director, Stena Recycling
- Anders Sahlman, moderator
About the organiser
Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency. We help to build Sweden’s innovation capacity, contributing to sustainable growth. Our vision is that Sweden is an innovative force in a sustainable world.