East Meeting Level / Meeting Room 123
John Thompson •
Global Change Driving New Mineral Demand
The world is going through rapid technological changes driven in part by the focus on a cleaner low carbon future. Change will drive increasing demand for an abundance of natural resources, particularly minerals and metals. As outlined in the World Bank report on ‘The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future’, technologies, such as electric vehicles, solar and wind, all require significant critical materials, in some cases significantly more than is used in traditional energy and transportation systems. Companies and jurisdictions that lead this change with the development of new technologies, and with strategies and incentives to maintain supply of critical resources will benefit. This engaging discussion will look at current trends in mineral demand, what technologies of the future will require, and the likely sources to meet increased demand. It will aim to stimulate thought and discussion about what industry and governments can do to get ahead of this fundamental shift in society.