We know that mining has a major role in our society. Predictions show that the current production rate of metals and minerals cannot support a global economy with net zero carbon emissions. Extraction rates have to be raised, sustainably.
Mining provides the world with materials which are building blocks for modern life. Electronics that are often taken for granted – including smartphones and tablet computers – would not exist without them. A mobile phone contains copper, tellurium, lithium, cobalt, manganese and tungsten.1
Mining also provides materials used to generate electricity, underpin critical infrastructure such as houses, hospitals, roads, satellites, and support an array of other 21st
century goods and services.2
Electric vehicles, wind turbines and other green technologies rely on copper, lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel and graphite for wiring, batteries and components. Solar panels use tellurium and silicon within cells to turn sunlight into electricity.3