Circular mineral supply resilience: Collective strategizing for North America
A closed-door workshop to address the critical mineral supply question in North America for this year's Climate Week with co-hosts.
Sourcing sufficient critical minerals to support the energy transition in the face of escalating and competing demand is on the agenda of all nations and the corporate sector that is expected to deliver. So far, the focus has been to build strategic mineral arrangements, lock in the security of supply, and build new extractive and processing facilities. There is an overlooked opportunity: to recapture the minerals that already exist, with electronics and increasingly, first-generation renewables as sources for “urban mining."
Stimulating the circularity of these essential building blocks will require investment, policy, and innovation, as well as clear and timely awareness of urban mining opportunities by policymakers, investors, and corporate leaders to complement or compete with the dominant “extraction rush”.