19.01.2022 – 10:55
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
More than 10 percent of global CO2 emissions, the deforestation of the rainforests and immense water consumption can be traced back to the extraction and processing of metals. This goes against the common mantra that decarbonization can only be driven forward with more metal mining. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and PowerShift have conducted a study on the climate impacts of raw material extraction and come to the clear conclusion that the climate catastrophe will hardly be able to be stopped without a raw material turnaround and a reduction in consumption.
“The one-sided trust in technological solutions to the climate crisis is blind to the dangers of raw material processing,” explains the author of the study, Michael Reckordt from PowerShift. “We have been observing protests against mining projects, environmental disasters and human rights violations for years. The insight from this is that Germany should initiate a raw materials turnaround that reduces the absolute consumption of raw materials obtained from mining and strengthens human rights and ecological standards.”
“Of course, we must consistently and promptly stop burning fossil fuels,” adds Steffen Kühne from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. “But we must not make the same mistakes again: we need a resource-light economy and must not shift our dependence on coal and oil imports to copper, steel and lithium imports. Environmental protection, climate protection and social justice must be at the heart of a sustainable raw materials policy stand.”
In a joint study PowerShift and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation have dealt with the climate policy effects of the extraction and processing of metallic raw materials. They come to the conclusion that this “hot potato” has so far largely been ignored by politicians in order not to jeopardize “business as usual”.
Link to brochure: https://www.rosalux.de/publikation/id/45747.
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