New Report - Metals in a Low-Carbon Economy
Posted on 4 April 2012
A new report published by SEI entitled "Metals in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World" examines the use of five metals in lowcarbon technologies: cobalt, lithium, neodymium, indium and tellurium.
In the last two decades there has been rapid growth in the development
and installation of low-carbon technologies to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions to mitigate climate change, as well as to secure energy
supplies. However, interest in these technologies has been matched by
concern that potential bottlenecks in the supply chains for various
metals that are critical for low-carbon technologies could hinder the
deployment of these technologies on a substantial scale.
of metals are essential for manufacturing and operating low-carbon
technologies, and the majority of companies and governments supporting
their development depend on imports for many of them. As demand grows
and competition over resources intensifies, concerns have arisen that
limited metal availability might slow deployment of the technologies.
authors' analysis uses scenarios to explore the impacts of the
significant uncertainty in potential supply, and a rapid growth in
demand, for these materials. The outcomes of the scenario analysis were
shared with businesses, and their responses and insights on these issues
are also presented in this report.
This report, written as part of the partnership programme between the
business leaders’ initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change)
Stockholm Environment Institute.
Download the project report (PDF: 3.11MB)