The Diplomat Securing Responsibly Sourced Critical Minerals


The Biden administration and a host of U.S. allies are looking abroad to mineral-rich countries to secure vulnerable supply chains for EV batteries and renewables.

Jose Fernandez, the State Department’s undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, is trying to make sure the effort keeps ESG at the forefront.

Fernandez said the Minerals Security Partnership, established last year between 10 countries and the European Commission, has zeroed in on 16 overseas mining, refining and recycling projects to pursue, out of more than 170 that it evaluated.

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