Towards a more equitable and inclusive energy future
Driving international and south-south collaboration on critical minerals development in the Global South to ensure a just energy transition
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The critical minerals opportunity.

A recent International Energy Agency report estimates that if the world wishes to attain net-zero emissions goals by 2050, overall demand for critical minerals will increase by a factor of 4. Demand for certain minerals like lithium is estimated to increase by a factor of 16.
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Energy transition technologies—including solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, electric vehicles, and battery storage —are dependent on critical minerals, and most reserves lie in developing and emerging economies.​​​​

Building critical minerals value chains in Global South countries will allow them to maximize the benefits of their abundant reserves as well as secure their energy transitions. Beyond mining these minerals, countries can be home to processing and manufacturing industries that create jobs, boost GDP and build resilient communities.

The partnership between SEForAll, UC Davis and Swaniti Global aims to build a platform that supports countries in establishing critical minerals industries that advance industrialization and socio-economic development goals.

​Global Distribution of Mineral Reserves and Capacities

Developing countries play a substantial role in global critical mineral production thanks to abundant reserves [1] but lack processing capacity

[1] Reserves for developing countries is based on a 2017 World Bank study, and includes low- and middle-income countries only​
[2] Assuming Platinum Group Metals reserves share for developing countries as Platinum only not available
​[3] Including for the production and processing capacities only Neodymium and Dysprosium with a 20/80 ratio

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