Conference; Morning, Thursday, 8th June 2023
Matthew Hatfield, Critical Minerals, Department for Business & Trade, Jeff Townsend, Critical Minerals Association, Tim George, Pensana; Stephen Gifford, The Faraday Institution; Julian Hetherington, Advanced Propulsion Centre; James Horton, Burges Salmon; Alice Lim, London Metal Exchange; Christian Marston, Altlium Metals; Albert Slot, Less Common Metals; Mark Thompson, Tungsten West; Frances Wall, University of Exeter; Jeremy Wrathall, Cornish Lithium.
Chaired by: Cherilyn Mackrory MP and Baroness Northover, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Critical Minerals.
This conference will examine priorities and next steps for critical minerals in the UK – including developing a broader, more stable and environmentally sustainable supply chain.
It is bringing key stakeholders together with policymakers to discuss the Government’s UK Critical Minerals Strategy, including:
– the strategy’s delivery plan and the way forward for increasing domestic productiomeasures for improving mining practices, and development of infrastructure for refining and processing
– opportunities for reducing demand, and increasing reuse and recycling
Overall, sessions in the agenda look at:
· the UK Critical Minerals Strategy: latest developments – key opportunities and barriers – what will be needed to translate government ambitions into concrete planning – the shape those plans might take
· increasing domestic production: providing upstream raw materials for key sectors such as battery-cell and components production
· supply chain: addressing ongoing disruptions and shortages – the way forward for improving mining practices and productivity – reducing demand – increasing reuse and recycling
· international markets: supporting the growth of commercial partnerships – providing greater certainty – creating opportunities for UK companies in global markets
· geopolitical factors: strategies for reducing reliance on international suppliers that might give rise to strategic or security concerns – promoting advances in trade and ESG initiatives
· investment: next steps for attracting private and public funding – research and innovation – supporting investor confidence
· capabilities: building the UK skills base – growing infrastructure capacity in areas such as refining and recycling facilities
· decarbonisation: developing more environmentally sustainable extraction technologies – growing demand in the minerals sector for clean energy technologies – contribution to net-zero policy targets