Virtual workshop: Mineral Criticality and the Energy Transition

02 June 2020 |Virtual event

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources held a virtual workshop to discuss global mineral needs as the energy transition ramps up.  The workshop was held on:

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 10:30 ET / 16:30 CEST

As we consider the future energy landscape, we must also consider the present situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated peoples’ lives and disrupted economies.  While the first response must focus on saving lives and providing immediate support for livelihoods, there are important implications for long term economic stability and supply chain security.  As we restart our economies, we must remain cognizant of the incredible raw material and supply chain demands of the energy transition and start thinking through how to ensure long term resilience.

This two-and-a-half-hour workshop discussed the increasing demand of energy minerals and metals.


16:30 – 17:15 CET

Key-note welcoming addresses

  • Frank Fannon, US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources

  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

  • Morgan Bazilian, Director of the Payne Institute and a Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines

17:15 – 18:00 CET

Panel I: Governance - Laying the Institutional Framework to Attract Competitive and Transparent Investment


  • Jenna Schroeder, Global Energy Programs Manager, U.S. Department of State


  • Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resource Canada

  • Augusto Cauti, Vice Minister of Mines, Peru

  • Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects & Legal Adviser, OECD

18:00 – 18:45 CET

Panel II: Stewardship – Supporting the Full Value Chain from Minerals to Energy Technologies


  • Dr Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre


  • Christopher Sheldon, Practice Manager for Extractives, World Bank

  • Peter Handley, Head of Energy Intensive Industries & Raw Materials, DG Grow, European Commission

  • Dr Jeff Spangenberger, ReCell Center Director, Argonne National Laboratory

18:45 – 19:00 CET               Wrap-up and closing remarks

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