Australia is home to some of the world’s largest reserves of minerals used in emerging high-tech applications across a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, aerospace, defense, electric mobility, telecommunications, and agri-tech. Known as critical minerals, these metals are essential to the economic and industrial development of both major and emerging economies. The scarcity of critical minerals, however, leaves the global value chain potentially vulnerable to supply constraints and shortages. As such, many countries, the United States included, are starting to take a more strategic approach to ensure security of supply for these minerals. These approaches include efforts to diversify supply and to source from countries with the geological capability to satisfy critical mineral demand. Recent steps taken by Australia signal the country’s eagerness to attract investment from new markets, diversify their resources industry, and capitalize on the strengths of their resources sector.

In an on-the-record public conversation, Senator the Honorable Matthew Canavan, Australia’s minister for resources and Northern Australia, will discuss efforts being undertaken to improve the security and sustainability of critical minerals in Australia and the United States, increase US-Australia inter-connectivity across the critical mineral value chain, and leverage buy-in from international partners to better diversify and manage this value chain for global good.

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Tuesday, November 20, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a dynamic and informative public discussion on the critical mineral value chain. Lunch will be served.


Introduced by

David Livingston
Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with

Senator the Honorable Matthew Canavan
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Commonwealth of Australia

Moderated by

Cynthia Quarterman
Distinguished Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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