Resource Conflict in the Energy Transition

Payne Institute Communications Associate Elsa Barron, Deputy Director Gregory Clough, Alicia Polo y La Borda Cavero, Director Morgan Bazilian, Henry Gustavo Polanco Cornejo, and Eliseo Zeballos Zeballos write about how energy transitions occurring globally—towards low-carbon technologies, increased electrification, and electric vehicles and battery storage capacity—will also produce significant challenges in resource-rich areas. The demand for a varied set of mineral resources and metals that are required for renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and batteries is set to grow at an unprecedented scale. Many of the countries with the largest potentials for these minerals are in emerging and developing economies that face capacity and governance challenges.  February 21, 2022.
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