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April 2020
Building a Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain

As California and other leading jurisdictions accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, questions are arising about the long-term sustainability of the battery supply chain. CLEE and the Natural Resource Governance Institute are collaborating on a research initiative to identify governance solutions to these questions. Our new FAQ document describes the structure of the supply chain and addresses key sustainability risks, with preliminary findings including:
  • The greenhouse gas emissions benefits of EVs are clear and will grow as global electricity supplies become increasingly less carbon-intensive.
  • The supply chain is complex and subject to a number of potential bottlenecks where few countries or companies are responsible for dominant shares of production.
  • Various stages of the supply chain in locations around the world present sustainability risks, from low-level corruption to displacement of local populations. These risks are not unique to EV mineral extraction-and a number of global initiatives are working to address them.
  • However, supply chain players will need to significantly improve coordination and data-sharing efforts to achieve long-term sustainability.
CLEE and NRGI will release a full report later this year building on these findings and offering policy recommendations to address key risks.
Contact Ethan Elkind or Patrick Heller for more information.

Virtual Lunch & Learn

We have switched all of our in-person events to virtual sessions for the coming months. In May, we'd love you to join us for a Learn & Learn with CLEE's Ethan Elkind, Patrick Heller, and Ted Lamm. They will lead a discussion and Q&A session on the road to a sustainable EV battery supply chain. The session will highlight the main takeaways from our new report,  Building A Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Zoom

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