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Critical Minerals

As the world seeks to transition to a renewable energy economy and further develop the digital economy, skyrocketing demand for critical minerals is heightening environmental, social, and governance risks. The Wilson Center is leading cross-regional, cross-sectoral stakeholder dialogues to build consensus for policies that advance a more resilient supply chain.

Countries around the world are embarking on a renewable energy transition. Minerals like lithium, cobalt, nickel, and rare earth elements are critical to producing the wind turbine generators, electric vehicle motors, energy storage technologies, and solar panels needed to power this energy transformation and increasing demand for these resources is creating new challenges and opportunities across the supply chain. At the Wilson Center, the Environmental Change and Security Program is leading cross-sectoral research and convenings to inform policies for a better, smarter, cleaner, and fairer approach to mining.