Opportunity and Risk: Mining and the Green Energy Transition

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Join the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of how the projected increase in mineral demand could influence markets, supply chains, and geopolitical competition, shaping the future of global peace and security.

Wednesday June 1, 2022

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET

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The live event webcast will appear on this Wilson Center webpage promptly at 3:30 pm ET on June 1, 2022. 

The latest IPCC report underscored the urgency of an aggressive energy transformation if the world is to stave off climate disaster. With current technologies, that transformation means a steep rise in the use of critical minerals, already essential for the digital age global economy. The shift from fossil fuels to other minerals comes with environmental, social, and governance tradeoffs. For developing countries, in particular, there is both opportunity and risk, according to a recent report from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Join the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of how the projected increase in mineral demand could influence markets, supply chains, and geopolitical competition, shaping the future of global peace and security.

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Agenda

Introduction: Lauren Herzer Risi, Program Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center

Keynote Speakers:

  • Kathy Castor (D-FL 14th District), Chair, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, U.S. Agency for International Development

Moderator: Sharon Burke, Global Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program; Founder and President, Ecospherics

Panelists:

  • Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Sing, Assistant Professor in International Development, International Institute of Social Studies
  • Alyssa Newman, Program Manager, Responsible Materials & Inclusive Sourcing, Google
  • Josee-Blandine Ongotto, Project Manager, Combatting Child Labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Cobalt Industry (COTECCO, funded by DOL Kolwezi, DRC), International Labor Organization ​
  • Kimberly Thompson, Senior Advisor, Natural Resource Governance & Conflict and Industry Lead for Mining, Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, U.S. Agency for International Development