Recycling becoming a critical step in the energy transition
Higher recycling rates will be key to the energy transition and it starts with product design
Metals including copper, aluminum and nickel should see booming demand as the world transitions to cleaner energy. These MIFTs, or Metals Important for Future Technologies, could be in short supply in the future, however, with electric vehicles requiring twice as much copper as a traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles and far more nickel, cobalt and lithium, which are hardly used in traditionally powered vehicles. There's simply not enough investment happening in mining, but recycling offers a partial solution while also emitting much less carbon than pulling metals from the ground. Michael discusses important considerations around building a more efficient recycling supply chain, product design being one of the keys.
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