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Critical Minerals, Geopolitics, and the Risks for Achieving Net-Zero Transition

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Online public event

Speakers

Sylvie Goulard

Sylvie Goulard

Tim Gould

Tim Gould

Professor Sophia Kalantzakos

Professor Sophia Kalantzakos

Daniel Litvin

Daniel Litvin

This event will bring together leading voices in the field for a panel discussion on the risks for the net-zero transition caused by the dependence on critical minerals.

Transitioning to net-zero emissions requires a large-scale economic transition to renewable energy. Scaling up the manufacturing of the technologies, including solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles will result in significant demand for and dependency on the supply of a range of minerals for the foreseeable future. These ‘transition-critical minerals’, including metals, minerals and Rare Earth Elements, are required to manufacture the green technologies needed for the transition to a low-carbon economy. As a low-carbon future will not be possible without these minerals, supply chain risks and demand uncertainties are central topics that need to be assessed and addressed, with potential implications for economic and financial stability. The type of transition to a net-zero economy significantly determines the materiality of the risks, with a delayed and disorderly transition presenting greater challenges for financial and price stability.

Meet our speakers and chair

Sylvie Goulard (@GoulardSylvie) was appointed second deputy governor of the Banque de France by the Council of Ministers on 17 January 2018 and has carried out most of her career in European institutions.

Tim Gould was appointed the International Energy Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he co-leads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report.

Sophia Kalantzakos is Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at New York University and a long-term affiliate at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on resources and power, on new spatial imaginaries that reflect the changing ways that we think of global space and interdependence, and on the new emergent patterns and avenues of possibilist thinking as a way of re-imagining geopolitics for the 21st century.

Daniel Litvin is Founder and Managing Partner of Critical Resource, and author of Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest and Corporate Responsibility. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

More about this event

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@gri_lse) is a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECriticalMinerals

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Registration for this event will open around 10am on Wednesday 8 March.

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