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17:45 - 19:15 16 March 2016

Resourcing future generations - mineral supply constraints demand a global policy response


Roberts G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
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Edmund Nickless, former Executive Secretary, Geological Society of London

Adoption of the COP21 agreement suggests that nations will invest in infrastructures for renewable energy sources. These changes will require vast amounts of metals and minerals. Regardless of whether known supplies are enough to meet demand in the near future, efforts must be made now to forestall unpredictable yet inevitable supply shortages that would dramatically impact the building of additional generation and distribution capacity. But in response to the current downturn in commodity prices, the global mining industry is downsizing and reducing investment in new exploration, putting at risk future security of supply.

Edmund Nickless will present how the new adaptive technologies needed to tackle climate change depend on extraction of minerals and metals. An interdisciplinary group supported by IUGS, ICSU and UNESCO proposes actions to avert the looming minerals crisis that is developing in the context of current recycling capacity and exploration trends.


Kiran Dhillon
+44 (0)20 3108 5935 | k.dhillon@ucl.ac.uk


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