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Rio Tinto executed a move announced six months ago – they published drafts of environmental impact studies on how harmful the lithium mine in the Jadar Valley would be to people and nature. Spanning around 2500...
Central Asia, encompassing Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia, holds vast untapped reserves of rare-earth minerals. Recent global developments have thrust these resources into the spotlight. The increasing importance of rare earths in technology...

Thailand’s $1.20 quadrillion mineral wealth: A catalyst for new industrial growth

Thailand is home to a treasure trove of mineral resources that could significantly boost its economy and spearhead the development of new industries. With...

Critical Materials Act: Europe’s strategy for securing green technology supply chains

In May 2024, the EU Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) came into force, setting ambitious benchmarks for the domestic production and diversification of strategic...

Critical materials and the path to resilience: Europe’s quest for technological independence

The sustainability and resilience of modern economies hinge critically on the availability and management of key raw materials, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel....

Progress at Plymouth’s tungsten mine: Final permit secured for production restart

Plymouth’s potential tungsten mine is on track to achieve significant production levels following the approval to commence operations. Tungsten West Plc has secured a...

Elementos pursues acquisition of stake in Iberian smelting for European tin market expansion

Elementos, a tin exploration and development firm, has initiated a non-binding term sheet to potentially acquire up to a 50% interest in Iberian Smelting...

EU corporate sustainability directive: Implications for global supply chains and Africa’s mining communities

On 24 May, the European Union enacted the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), a landmark legislation requiring large businesses to identify and mitigate...

Rio Tinto defends environmental safety of Serbia’s Jadar lithium project

Rio Tinto announced on Thursday that it had published new environmental studies indicating the safety of its Jadar lithium project in Serbia, which was...

Vianode CEO criticizes EU’s Raw Materials Act for inadequate industry support

The EU’s landmark Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA), which officially came into effect on May 23, is being criticized for its lack of substantial...

Innovative Scandium supply chain: Scandium Canada Ltd. advances in renewable energy and 3D printing

Scandium Canada Ltd. has announced significant strides in creating a comprehensive scandium supply chain, from extraction to diverse industrial applications. The company's flagship Crater...

Securing the future: EU’s strategic partnerships for critical raw materials and sustainable development

In the global pursuit of critical raw materials (CRMs), institutions like the EU, World Bank, and US Geological Survey define these resources based on...

Balancing wealth and fairness: The EU’s strategic alliance with Kazakhstan on raw materials

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on November 7, 2022, between the European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan marks a strategic partnership aimed at strengthening...

Europe’s position in the expanding battery market

The automotive industry is at a crossroads, necessitating transformation. Europe's focus on establishing expertise and capacity in battery cell production is crucial, supported by...

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