Electrification is heralded as a fundamental solution to the climate crisis. However, is it only moving the problem out of sight? The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stands as a focal point for this unsettling nexus, with UNICEF estimating 40,000 innocent young souls are subjected to the horrors of child slavery in the relentless pursuit of cobalt extraction. Does mining cobalt and lithium for electric cars and other renewable energy sources increase pollution and social injustice, rather than remedy it? What can be done to ensure that critical mineral supply chains are slavery free and the pollution from their extraction does more good than harm?
Join NRGI president and CEO Suneeta Kaimal for this fireside chat on "Ensuring clean and ethical critical mineral supply chains," part of Economist Sustainability Week: Countdown to COP28. Moderated by Economist Impact's global lead for energy and sustainability Phillip Cornell, the session will also feature Rohitesh Dhawan of ICMM and Phil Bloomer of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
Online participation in the weeklong conference is free of charge.