Centre member Professor Adrian Finch‘s research group has submitted evidence to the UK parliament at Westminster on two resource-related projects.
The first was the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on Batteries for electric vehicle manufacturing. Professor Finch presented comments as a geologist who works to obtain UK-based critical resources, drawing attention to the fact that the UK does not produce any of the metals used in battery manufacture. The report suggested that the UK needed a) to promote potential UK sources for Li, and/or b) to create strategic partnerships with countries that might produce such resources.
The second was the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry on Critical minerals. This seeks to understand the vulnerability of the UK to strategic control of the supply of critical metals. It also seeks to develop improved environmental, social and governance performance in critical mineral mining and processing through the UK’s diplomatic influence.