Roskill: Cobalt demand to grow steadily over the next decade

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Largely benefitting from its stability, hardness, anti-corrosion and high-temperature resistance characteristics, cobalt metal and its compounds are widely used in many industries important to the modern society, such as various battery applications, aerospace, and energy. The battery industry has been less affected, owing to rising EV sales in Europe in H1 and expected recovery in 3C and EV sales in China in H2.

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Roskill: Spread of COVID-19 threatens cobalt supply; bottlenecks out of DRC

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Roskill has so far recorded the closure of 21 operations as a result of the outbreak, including: Vale’s Voisey’s Bay and Glencore’s Sudbury in Canada; Ambatovy in Madagascar; Coral Bay and Taganito in the Philippines; CTT in Morocco. China is the world’s leading consumer of cobalt, with more than 80% of its consumption being used by the rechargeable battery industry.

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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This ranking puts the United States near the back of the industrialized nations, behind France (2 nd ), the United Kingdom (6 th ), Germany (13 th ), Italy (16 th ), Japan (20 th ), and Canada (25 th ). Burundi, Central African Republic, Madagascar, the Bahamas, and Latvia slipped significantly in environmental performance, largely due to sub-par performance on climate change.

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Roskill: graphite prices could push higher on tightening markets for batteries & electrodes

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First, environmental plant closures in the raw material coal needle coke industry hampered the production of graphite electrodes. The focus for new natural graphite development remains in Africa, where almost 1 Mtpy of additional concentrate capacity has the potential to come online by 2027 with projects in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania. China remains the center of the graphite industry.

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EU Launches 37M Next-Generation Integrated Biorefinery Project

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To do this, it has put together a project consortium that covers the whole biomass production chain, including researchers, companies in the (bio)chemical industry and European organizations. The project partners come from 14 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Madagascar, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Work has begun on a new EU-funded project to improve the performance of Europe’s biorefineries.

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