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Mining Threats to Biodiversity and the Consequences of a Green Energy Transition

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 11, 2021 03:50 PM - - last modified Aug 25, 2023 11:10 AM

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de Jul 01, 2021 - 07:00 PM
a Jul 01, 2021 - 08:30 PM



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This conference will address the threats to biodiversity resulting from the large increase in the production of mineral goods necessary for the energy transition, from fossil sources to renewable sources.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity, set an ambitious conservation agenda.

In order to change the current trajectory of biodiversity loss, the coordination between various agents, including industry and governments, is necessary towards understanding and controlling a varied and interactive set of threats to nature.

The lecture will address the role of mining in nature conservation, at the same time an important threat to biodiversity and the activity that produces the materials needed to face other threats, in particular climate change. The challenges of managing biodiversity in mining regions will be presented, illustrating how renewable energy production can exacerbate the mining threats to biodiversity in certain locations.

The event will discuss current ways of mitigating impacts, such as compensation for loss of biodiversity, and how they are unable to offset the losses. These points show the need for

(1) better engagement between biodiversity specialists and the mineral sector

(2) new tools to anticipate the consideration of impacts on biodiversity in decisions about extraction and use of mineral resources.

The event will be live-streamed at


Laura Sonter (University of Queensland)


Luis Enrique Sánchez (IEA and USP's Polytechnic School)


IEA's Environment and Society Research Group