Leading scientists set out resource challenge of meeting net zero emissions in the UK by 2050
Source:Natural History Museum
letter authored by Natural History Museum Head of Earth Sciences Prof Richard Herrington and fellow expert members of SoS MinErals (an interdisciplinary programme of NERC-EPSRC-Newton-FAPESP funded research) has today been delivered to the Committee on Climate Change
The letter explains that to meet UK electric car targets for 2050 we would need to produce just under two times the current total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and 12% of one year’s total annual production of mined copper.
A 20% increase in UK-generated electricity would be required to charge the current 252.5 billion miles to be driven by UK cars.