Climate and the Push for More Mining
Climate change and the green energy transition are deeply connected to the push for more responsible mining. The transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar technologies will demand increased extraction of mined materials for the infrastructure of green technologies. We must focus on reducing negative impacts of industrial-scale mining or risk undermining the green energy transition at the top of the supply chain. This is particularly relevant given greater demand for lithium, cobalt and copper that will be needed for green energy — and also steel and aluminum (for wind turbines and other infrastructure). According to a report in late 2018 from WWF Germany, industry actions alone will not forward best practice and even ‘the best of the best’ mining companies are ‘lagging behind.’
This virtual global event will bring together a diverse set of leaders in a solutions-focused roundtable to address credible, third party certification of mines and how it can complement government policies and increase transparency for the private sector.
Questions we will discuss:
- What can companies and governments do to incentivize sourcing of raw materials from mines that are demonstrating social and environmental responsibility?
- Are there ‘responsible’ mines operating anywhere today?
- How do we ensure environmental justice for mining affected communities, including indigenous and local people?
This event is geared towards audiences working on minerals sourcing or extraction, policy makers, companies purchasing mined materials, civil society organizations, mining affected communities, labor unions, and mining companies.
- Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack), Indigenous Systems Change Expert, Secwepemc and Nuxalk indigenous peoples
- Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Dir., Human Rights Watch
- Niels Angel, Purchasing and Supplier Network, Head of Sustainability, Innovation Mgmt., Cooperation, BMW Group
- John Coequyt, Dir. of Federal and Intl. Climate Policy, Sierra Club
- Grace Barrasso, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Risk Mgmt., ArcelorMittal Mining
Moderated by Payal Sampat, Mining Program Director, Earthworks