Tracking environmental impacts in global product chains - Rare Earth Metals and other critical metals used in the cleantech industry. Metals form a central part of the global economy, but their extraction and supply are linked to several environmental and social concerns. This study aims to create a picture of the supply chain of Rare Earth Metals (REMs) and other critical metals used in the clean technology (cleantech) sectors of electric vehicles and solar panels. The study examines how Nordic cleantech companies are aware and acting on the challenges related to the lifecycle of these metals and what are the potentials to minimise environmental and social impacts. Recommendations of the study can be summarised as three initiatives: establishment of an awareness platform and roundtable initiative (short-term), research and information gathering (mid-term), and development of closed-loop solutions (long-term).Over half of worldwide cobalt production39 is mined in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the so-called Copperbelt region40, where several environmental problems from cobalt mining have been revealed. Some examples are:41 Severe ... 41 Nordbrand and Bolme (2007). Figure 2.4 Total mass per caranbsp;...
|Title||:||Tracking Environmental Impacts in Global Product Chains|
|Author||:||Alina Pathan, Nordisk Ministerråd, Nordisk Råd|
|Publisher||:||Nordic Council of Ministers - 2013-03-22|