In data: The new power generation

What ‘green metals’ will the world need in the shift to renewable energy? And who might the winners and losers be?

The World Today Published 27 May 2022 1 minute READ

As the world tries to wean itself off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy, a new mineral frontier is emerging to build the technology needed. But some old problems endure. Certain countries with exploitable reserves of ‘green metals’ may not be strong enough to avoid the ‘resource curse’ as demand rockets. China has a tight grip on the market. Global North businesses dominate mining. And many minerals are far from ‘clean’ themselves.

Renewable energy is hungry for minerals

Compared to petrol transport and hydrocarbon power, renewable energy technology consumes many more minerals.

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