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Global Distribution of Battery Materials, Refinery, and Production Sites

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The global distribution of battery materials and refineries is driving the global energy revolution. Resources are extracted and refined across continents to meet soaring demand while minimizing environmental impact. This intricate network is shaping our electrified future.

This video focuses on explaining the key battery materials, giving an overview of where the raw materials come from and where the raw materials are processed.

The global distribution of battery materials and refineries highlights the importance of the Global South, which has the largest deposits of raw materials. However, access to raw materials is a critical consideration as it affects the supply chain and the global energy transition.

While the Global South has significant resources, ensuring equitable access and sustainable extraction practices is crucial for a balanced and responsible approach. We will delve deeper into the consequences of raw material extraction — in week 5 — when we consider the social and environmental impacts of EVs as a solution to making raw material sourcing more sustainable through recycling processes. For now, keep in mind that there are a number of problems associated with resource extraction.

In addition, as we plan for the future, it is important to consider the long-term availability of raw materials. Exploring alternative sources, advancing recycling technologies, and promoting circular economy principles will play a key role in ensuring a sustainable and resilient supply of battery materials for generations to come.

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