Critical point

Think tank: Green Alliance

Author(s): Susan Evans; Heather Plumpton; Libby Peake

November 19, 2021

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance looks at securing the raw materials needed for the UK’s green transition.

Green technologies, such as wind turbines and electric vehicles, are developed using critical raw materials. While central to achieving the government’s green industrial revolution and creating thousands of new jobs, supply chain risks threaten to undermine the transition to net zero. Furthermore, the mining and processing of these materials can also cause considerable environmental destruction, social impacts and drive climate change. By cutting energy demand, improving efficiency and keeping these materials in use for longer, the UK can stay within its global fair share of resources.