Commodities at a glance: Special issue on strategic battery and minerals
The supply of raw materials to produce rechargeable batteries — crucial to move to cleaner energy — is uncertain, a recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on June 25, 2020.The report Commodities at a glance: Special issue on strategic battery and minerals, for facilitating research into battery technologies that depended less on critical raw materials and had potential to provide higher energy density. It also suggested chalking out a strategy that would allow for dynamic monitoring of the raw material cycles, from mining through processing, refining, and manufacturing to recycling. This would facilitate early detection of supply risks. It would also enable development of mitigation strategies at either company or national level.