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The art of conscious decoupling

In conversation with a senior think-tanker recently, the point was put to me – less as a proposition than a statement of fact – that with the coming of the ‘circular economy’, there will be less and less need for mining.

Chris Cann

Chris Cann

Head of Aspermont Research & Intelligence

Viewpoint > Humphreys

The art of conscious decoupling

In conversation with a senior think-tanker recently, the point was put to me – less as a proposition than a statement of fact – that with the coming of the ‘circular economy’, there will be less and less need for mining.

The art of conscious decoupling

Not all metals needed for recycling in the circular economy make a full circle

For those not fully up to speed on these things, the circular economy is one in which we meet all our raw material requirements by recovery, re-use and recycling. There is, it seems, a minor research industry devoted to the subject.