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Copper demand pits clean energy against the wilderness

 — 5 septembre 2020
The world's transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles will require unprecedented amounts of copper from potentially new mining operations that may harm vulnerable species and ecosystems.

The global need for copper could increase by an estimated 350% by 2050, with current reserves depleting sometime between 2035 and 2045, as wind and solar energy generate an increasing percentage of electricity and as more people adopt electric vehicles.

Copper is just one of several metals and minerals that are required for renewable power technologies and electric cars, and all have larger ecological and environmental considerations. Other materials include lithium, cobalt and molybdenum.

Thèmes : Ressources naturelles  


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