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IEA Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit delivers six key actions for secure, sustainable and responsible supply chains

Almost 50 countries from continents across the world—including large and emerging critical mineral producers and consumers—convened with leaders from industry, investment and civil society at the first IEA Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit to share experiences and discuss effective courses of action on critical minerals to ensure rapid and secure energy transitions.

The first-of-its-kind international summit builds on the ministerial mandate given to the IEA in 2022 to further its work on critical minerals. The IEA has been asked by governments around the world to make recommendations on options to diversify supplies of critical minerals and clean energy technology manufacturing. To deliver on this, the IEA is creating a new Energy Security and Critical Minerals Division within its Secretariat dedicated to these issues.

The level of over-concentration that we see in critical minerals markets today is unlike that for any other major commodity we have come to rely on in the modern world. History has shown us that failing to properly diversify supplies and trade routes of essential resources comes with profound risks.

Locking in secure and sustainable supplies of critical minerals for the clean energy transition has quickly become a top priority for governments, companies and investors around the world. The IEA has been working on this issue for years and established a leadership role, as reflected by the broad and high-level participation in this Summit. With many stakeholders now asking how well prepared they are for this new reality, the IEA is expanding and deepening our work to help countries around the world develop robust and resilient clean energy supply chains.

—IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol

The first annual IEA Critical Minerals Market Review, released in July along with a new online data explorer, shows that record deployment of clean energy technologies is propelling huge demand for minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper. Devising new strategies to meet this new wave of demand was at the center of discussions among participants at the Summit.

Six key action areas were identified including:

  1. Accelerating progress towards diversified minerals supplies;

  2. Unlocking the power of technology and recycling;

  3. Promoting transparency in the markets;

  4. Enhancing the availability of reliable information;

  5. Creating incentives for sustainable and responsible production; and

  6. Strengthening efforts on international collaboration.

Looking ahead, the IEA will hold a Ministerial Meeting in February 2024, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Agency’s founding. The 2024 Ministerial will provide a key opportunity for countries to assess what critical minerals mean for the changing landscape of international cooperation on energy security and climate change, including the role of the IEA in ensuring a secure, sustainable and responsible supply of critical minerals for clean energy supply chains. This will include announcing the next phase of the IEA Voluntary Critical Mineral Security Program, which will include options for stockpiling and other measures designed to ensure transparent and resilient supply chains based on shared experience and information.


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