News & MediaSustainability and Second Life: The case for cobalt and lithium recycling

March 28, 2019by Ajay Kochhar
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March 2019 – Clare Church & Laurin Wuennenberg

 

Adopting recycling in the mining sector and in supply chains is essential to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is responsible and sustainable for the longer term.

 

Key Messages

  • Interest in renewable technologies (such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines) has increased demand for cobalt and lithium. However, global supplies of both minerals are not projected to meet demand, with research forecasting shortfalls in the coming decade.
  • Extracting cobalt and lithium from old products and infrastructure is essential to heading off predicted metal shortfalls, empowering clean energy transitions and reducing risk of human exploitation.

 

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