Climate Now
Climate Now
Mar 27, 2023
Minerals discovery and mining for the energy transition
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As we transition to a clean energy economy, demand for minerals like copper, cobalt, nickel, and lithium is projected to skyrocket. According to a 2022 report from the International Energy Agency, the total mineral demand from clean energy technologies will quadruple by 2040 under their “sustainable development scenario” or at least double under stated policies.  Where will all those minerals come from and how can they be accessed in a responsible way?

In this episode Kurt House, CEO of KoBold Metals, explains how their company is working to aggregate, digitize, organize, and analyze global geologic data to systematically search the Earth's crust for these four key minerals.

Skip ahead:
00:00 This Week in Climate News
09:21 How much new mining do we need?
14:12 How KoBold aggregates and analyzes data
17:54 Environmental and social responsibility in mining

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