The ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism perpetual online conference

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

Time slot: Oct 09, 2020 — 10:00-11:30 (UTC Change)
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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

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