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The mining and energy 'paradox'

The transition to the low carbon economy is a transition from hydrocarbons to metals – the metals required to produce solar panels, wind turbines and battery systems.

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Smelting and refining is where a lot of mining's energy consumption lies

Yet underlying this transition is a paradox, or so it is claimed. While clean energy requires more metals, metals require energy, and the effects of depletion mean that increasing amounts of e...