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Lithium battery demand ‘not sustainable’ without recycling

The growing demand for minerals such as lithium and cobalt by the world’s renewable energy industries is not sustainable and will result in widespread environmental damage, according to a University of Technology Sydney report.

“Batteries for electric vehicles are the main driver of demand for these metals, rather than stationary storage or wind power,” it says.

The report is based on research by the university’s Institute for Sustainable Futures and was commissioned and funded by US not-for-profit Earthworks. The organisation works with communities to raise awareness of local impacts of mining projects such as air and water pollution.

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