The mineral-intensive global energy transition and the increasing material needs of a growing population will exacerbate mining’s footprint on the planet, under current linear economy conditions. Responsible primary production of minerals and metals needs to be combined with circular economy approaches. CCSI’s report, Circularity in Mineral and Renewable Energy Value Chains: Overview of Technology, Policy, and Finance Aspects, examines existing conditions as well as reforms needed to enable global circularity in the mineral value chains of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines, zeroing in on four key materials: aluminum, copper products, silicon, and steel. The project was supported by ICMM and the Enel Foundation.
Perrine Toledano, Martin Dietrich Brauch, and Jack Arnold, Circularity in Mineral and Renewable Energy Value Chains: Overview of Technology, Policy, and Finance Aspects (New York: CCSI, October 2023), https://ccsi.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/docs/ccsi-circular-economy-mineral-renewable-energy.pdf.
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