Critical Minerals For Green Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated several minerals such as lithium and rare earth metals as “critical materials”  whose supply is at risk of disruption for various geopolitical and economic reasons. These critical minerals are also crucial to develop green technologies (solar, wind and associated battery storage for microgrids), enable more efficient energy use and help increase access to clean and affordable electricity. CCSI, in collaboration with its senior fellow Saleem Ali, is seeking to map out the critical minerals needed for green technologies, looking at the producing countries, the key players, and assessing how the development of green technology could impact the demand for minerals, particularly in resource-dependent low-income countries.