Just keep digging? Commodities and the energy transition

03 November 2023

Within the energy transition debate, an area of particular contention is commodities – those who mine them, process them and ultimately use them in their products. 

It is widely understood that, with a transition of the global economy from fossil fuels to renewable sources of power and electricity, it will require an increasing level of demand and reliance on key commodities, including copper, nickel and lithium. 

There is no debate that we need greater supply, both to address critical needs but also to ensure an economically viable transition can take place. The contentious issue that remains is that miners have historically left a path of destruction in their wake, destroying sites of historical significance and, in many regions of the world, use both forced and child labour to extract materials.

"The issue is not what they are doing, it’s how they are doing it".

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