Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age

Chatham House, London, UK

Energy, Environment and Resources Department

Overview

At this session, the speaker will argue that our future hinges on a set of elements that receive scant attention even from those whose fortunes rely upon them. The speaker will outline why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies and indeed the fate of our planet depend on producing sustainable supplies of rare metals. He will outline some of the  new environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences of supply chains and discuss the dynamics of the rare metal markets which are vastly different than traditional commodities traded on open exchanges. The speaker will also address some of the security of supply issues arising from China's role as the dominant consumer and producer of most of the world’s minor metals. Finally, the discussion will also include what countries and companies can do to ensure resilient supply lines.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.