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IEA Webinar on Critical Minerals Part 1: Navigating Geopolitical Uncertainties and Scaling Up Investment for Diversified Supplies

Background information

Critical minerals are an essential component for many of today’s rapidly growing clean energy technologies – from wind turbines and electricity networks to electric vehicles. But ensuring that these and other key technologies can continue to rely on sufficient mineral supplies to support the acceleration of clean energy transitions is a significant challenge.

The International Energy Agency’s latest webinar series, supported by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brings together policymakers and leading experts to discuss the security implications around critical minerals in the shift toward a new energy economy. Part 1 in the series tackles questions around geopolitical risks, market outlooks, and investment needs to ensure secure and diversified supplies of critical minerals. 

  • What are the geopolitical implications for a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on critical minerals to achieve climate goals? What must happen to ensure energy transitions maintain momentum in the face of geopolitical risks?
  • What are the prospects for financing and investment in diversified sources of copper, battery metals and rare earth elements?
  • What are the specific bottlenecks hampering investment in the midstream value chain (refining, processing) and how can they be mitigated?


Opening remarks

  • Mr Satoshi Katahira, Director General of Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Presentation and moderated discussions

  • Colin Hamilton, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
  • Michael Willoughby, Global Head of Metals and Mining, HSBC
  • Ekaterina Autet, Senior Investment Officer – Metals and Mining, IFC
  • Mark Richards, General Manager International Affairs & Strategy, Battery Materials, Rio Tinto