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The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transition (IEA)


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Some interesting executive summary highlights:

-Since 2010 the average amount of minerals needed for a new unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables in new investment has risen.

-40% to 50% reduction of silver and silicon used in solar panels since 2010

-Average of 16.5 years from discovery to first production of new mine

-Total lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of EVs are around half those of internal combustion engine cars on average, with the potential for a further 25% reduction with low-carbon electricity.


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