Resource security in a net zero world
Hosted by Green Alliance
Achieving net zero will not simply be a matter of expanding low carbon infrastructure and planting more trees. The technologies that are necessary to deliver a net zero world rely on resources, including a range of rare earth metals, that are sometimes scarce and can come with geopolitical risks. And, at the same time as governments promise to reforest land to offset carbon and achieve net zero, pressures on land use are building – and include demands for food, fibre, timber, biomass, and chemical feedstocks.
To date, though, global policies for achieving net zero and resource security have often ignored the possibility of reducing demand for energy and the role reducing demand for energy, materials and other products could play in securing needed supplies. This panel discussion will discuss options for a more balanced approach, taking into account geopolitical context and supply chain risks, and the impact that strategic resource efficiency, wider application of due diligence measures and demand reduction could play.
SpeakersStuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
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