Renewable Energy and Mining in Latin America
Latin America’s mining sector could play a consequential role in addressing the climate crisis, producing minerals such as lithium and copper that are essential to renewable energy technologies such as electric vehicles. At the same time, mining has traditionally had major environmental impacts, including related to the sector’s high energy use. Today, major mining companies in Latin America are pledging to increase production of minerals for green technologies while decreasing emissions and other impacts, including by phasing out coal and diesel and ramping up their use of renewable energy.
How will the region’s mining sector keep up with skyrocketing demand while meeting higher environmental standards? What new technologies will help reduce emissions and other environmental and social impacts from mining in this region? How can Latin American governments expand this strategic industry while meeting public demands regarding environmental sustainability and social justice?
Please join the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and Environmental Change and Security Program on Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET), to discuss decarbonization pathways in Latin America’s mining sector.
Latin America Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. Read more
Environmental Change and Security Program
The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. Read more
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