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The Inflation Reduction Act and the Green Deal Industrial Plan: Transatlantic Cooperation on Critical Minerals

This event will be a live-streamed discussion with both online and in-person participants.

Date & Time

Jun. 8, 2023
9:00am – 10:30am ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


The United States' Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the European Union's Green Deal Industrial Plan (GDIP) are historical pieces of legislation aimed to rapidly decarbonize the US and EU economies, with a strong emphasis on the role of industrial decarbonization in achieving Paris Agreement targets. Critical minerals are of immense importance within this conversation. As a key component to many green technologies, ensuring safe, sustainable, and secure supply chains for these minerals is critical to the global energy transition. 

In light of the IRA and the GDIP, the US and EU have the opportunity to develop transatlantic engagement with third countries on critical minerals that can catalyze green, local value chains in partner countries, avoid extractivism and labor abuses, and enable those countries’ green transitions, all while pursuing diversified, strong, and secure critical mineral supply chains. 

This event, hosted as part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Conference 2023, explored the opportunities provided by the IRA and the GDIP for transatlantic cooperation on critical minerals.


Mary Hellmich

Mary Hellmich

International Climate Policy Consultant, adelphi
Benjamin Gedan

Benjamin Gedan

Director, Latin America Program, Wilson Center
Claire Healy

Claire Healy

Senior Associate, E3G

Ruben Kubiak

US and Canada Unit, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Keynote Speaker

John Podesta

John Podesta

Senior Adviser to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation

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