Third Session for The ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism perpetual online conference – Oct. 9th!

Socio-Economic Metabolism

Dear ISIE members,

We are happy to announce the third session of the ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism Section perpetual online conference.

Session 3 – October 9: Resource constraints of the green transition

To avert dangerous climate change, a transition to a low carbon economy is needed. Green technologies are at the center of this change; however, they require large amount and various types of resources as well, in particular critical materials. This raises concerns on whether long-term green transition scenarios assuming the expansion of low carbon energy technologies are sustainable in terms of resource constraints and environmental impact. We will discuss these issues in this session with a line of four speakers covering supply, demand, and circular economy aspects.

Date and Time: Friday October 9, 2020 12:30-14:30 (Central European time)

Chair: Prof. Gang Liu / University of Southern Denmark


Ester van der Voet, Leiden University: “Bulk materials demand and environment implications of the green transition

Takuma Watari, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan: “Critical materials demand in the green transition: a review

Stefan Horn, British Geological Survey: “European cobalt supply from domestic resources: Opportunities and data gaps

Oliver Heidrich, Newcastle University: “Circular economy strategies for electric vehicle batteries reduce reliance on raw materials

Online location:
Zoom (allows audience interaction):
YouTube broadcast (watch only on the ISIE Youtube channel):

Stay tuned for:

  • Announcement of dates of upcoming sessions on the following topics: Resources for food, nutrients, and footprints; MFA data & standardization; MFA in scenario analyses; Material Stock/Flow and Climate Change Adaptation; SEM and the Oceans.
  • Conference website including abstract submission page for you to present your research in a future session.

The ISIE-SEM perpetual online conference aims to bring together our community and continue advancing sustainability science in these extraordinary times, as well as providing a low-barrier introduction to our work to people who are curious about socio-economic metabolism research but not yet part of our community. It is not intended to replace our biannual section conferences.

We’d love to receive your comments and answer any questions you may have –

Best regards,

The SEM section board

Hiroki Tanikawa, Stefan Pauliuk, Gang Liu, Kazuyo Matsubae, Helen Ann Hamilton, Peter-Paul Pichler, Stefan Giljum and Tomer Fishman