International conference on future of low-carbon economy: how will our resource needs change?

01 November 2017

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A transition to a low-carbon world will mean very different demands on Earth’s resources, the extraction of which has tripled over the past 40 years, and is set to double with the development of emerging economies.

The Veolia Institute’s 10th International Conference, being held this week in partnership with the Oxford Martin School, examines how we can ensure the availability of strategic materials and mineral resources for a low-carbon economy and energy system. Divided into three themes, it will tackle questions of the resources needed for energy infrastructure, transport and digital technologies; the availability of resources and the different constraints on their use; and how the world can shift to a circular economy where resources are efficiently re-used.

Taking place in Oxford over the next two days, the conference brings together academics and the scientific community, policy-makers, civil society leaders, business leaders, financiers and entrepreneurs, to explore future scenarios, generate new insights and foster collaboration.

The conference also includes a public key-note lecture, Towards a Low-Carbon Future, by Lord Nicholas Stern.

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