Tracking environmental impacts in global product chains: – Rare Earth Metals and other critical metals used in the cleantech industry
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers SecretariatNordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat, Arbejdsgruppen for Holdbar Konsumtion og Produktion (HKP)2013 (English)Book (Other academic)
Tracking environmental impacts in global product chains – Rare Earth Metals and other critical metals used in the cleantech industry Metals form a central part of the global economy, but their extraction and supply are linked to several environmental and social concerns. This study aims to create a picture of the supply chain of Rare Earth Metals (REMs) and other critical metals used in the clean technology (cleantech) sectors of electric vehicles and solar panels. The study examines how Nordic cleantech companies are aware and acting on the challenges related to the lifecycle of these metals and what are the potentials to minimise environmental and social impacts. Recommendations of the study can be summarised as three initiatives: establishment of an awareness platform and roundtable initiative (short-term), research and information gathering (mid-term), and development of closed-loop solutions (long-term).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2013. , 97 p.
TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 2013:520
Research subject Environment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-677DOI: 10.6027/TN2013-520ISBN: 978-92-893-2519-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-677DiVA: diva2:700972