Scientists at KU Leuven, University of Lubumbashi reveal the health risks of cobalt mining in DR Congo

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The metal is a crucial component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. Around 60% of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the mineral-rich Katanga Copper belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This field study provides novel and robust empirical evidence that the artisanal extraction of cobalt that prevails in the DR Congo may cause toxic harm to vulnerable communities. Africa Batteries Electric (Battery) Health Materials

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In 2017, Australia, Chile, and Argentina produced 91% of the world’s lithium

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Some key materials used for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries are lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and natural graphite, which come from more than 30 different countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo produced 59% of the world’s cobalt. Batteries Materials

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BMW battery-sourcing ethics highlight cobalt-mining issue for electric cars

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Electric cars provide a zero-emission driving experience, but one of the most important raw materials for their batteries—cobalt—has a supply chain that needs some work. About half of the world's cobalt supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country with high rates of child labor under very poor working conditions. Batteries materials Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) battery capacity

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BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics launch cross-industry project to support sustainable cobalt mining

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As part of a cross-industry initiative, the BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cobalt is a key component in the production of batteries for the automotive and electronics industries. The world’s largest known reserves of this raw material are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Batteries Manufacturing Materials Sustainability

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JRC: Europe must take steps to boost supply of cobalt for EV batteries

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Cobalt is necessary for the production of the most common types of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. On the one hand, more than half of the worldwide supply (126,000 tonnes) is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rising prices may impact battery production. A continued trend might seriously impact battery manufacturing, as cobalt accounts for a significant part of production costs. Batteries Europe Materials

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BMW Group adopts new approaches for a more sustainable battery cell supply chain; focus on cobalt

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Cobalt is one of the key components in production of electrified vehicles and is used in significant quantities in high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The BMW Group has now set itself the goal of enhancing the transparency of its battery cell supply chain and exploring options for model projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Batteries Materials Sustainability Vehicle Manufacturers

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GlobalData: Global lithium production to triple over the next four years

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High growth in demand for lithium batteries is spurring three-fold growth in mine production of lithium over the next four years, with 86kt of new lithium metal capacity coming on stream, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. Batteries Manufacturing Materials

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Bank of America: Oil Demand Growth to Hit Zero Within a Decade, EVs the Culprit

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Roughly 62 percent global cobalt output is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Electric (Battery) Forecasts Oilby Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. By 2030, oil demand could hit a peak and then enter decline, according to a new report. For the next decade or so, oil demand should continue to grow, although at a slower and slower rate. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the annual increase in global oil consumption slows dramatically in the years ahead.

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Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, RCS Global launch blockchain pilot to address concerns in strategic mineral supply chains; cobalt to start

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Cobalt is in high demand for its use in lithium-ion batteries, which power a wide range of products such as laptops, mobile devices and electric vehicles. The typical electric car battery requires up to 20 pounds of cobalt and a standard laptop requires around one ounce of the mineral. Batteries Blockchain Manufacturing Materials Sustainability

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Korean consortium forming JV with Bolivian miner Comibol for lithium production in Salar de Uyuni

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KORES ) and steelmaker POSCO has entered an agreement with Bolivia’s state-run miner Comibol (Corporación Minera de Bolivia) to set up a joint venture to produce lithium intended for lithium-ion batteries. The deal makes Korea the first country to do battery business with Bolivia.About 10 countries including the US, Japan, France and Brazil competed to partner with the Latin American nation, the state-run mineral developer said. Korea Herald.