Minerals and the energy transition

Statista trend report on the global mining industry's environmental impact and the energy transition

Minerals and the energy transition

The world is at a crossroads with preventing climate change from becoming irreversible and devastating to all living things. In order to limit global warming to 1.5 to two degrees Celsius or below, a major, worldwide shift toward using primarily clean energy sources will be necessary. The clean energy transition, or simply, the energy transition, is a pathway for the global energy sector to transform from being fossil fuels-based to being zero-carbon by 2050.

Minerals already play an important role in the production of a variety of low-carbon energy sources. This is set to ramp up dramatically over the next few decades as clean energy sources require a variety of minerals throughout their life cycles.

This report examines the energy transition's reliance on minerals, how the value chain of the energy transition’s mineral requirements measure up in terms of environmental and social sustainability, and how that compares to the world’s current fossil fuels-based energy paradigm.

Table of contents

The clean energy transition

  • Emissions and climate change
  • The clean energy transition
  • Clean energy technologies and mineral demand
The role of minerals in the energy transition
  • Mineral intensity of the energy transition
  • Mineral exploration for energy technology
  • Mineral demand by energy technology
The environmental, social, and geopolitical impact of mining
  • Mining emissions
  • Mineral inputs and life cycle of low-carbon energy sources
  • Mineral recycling vs. demand
  • Environmental impact of mining companies
  • Health and social issues associated with mining
  • Minerals and geopolitics

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