Security of Supply of Mineral Resources
Two global pressures on mineral resource use are pushing environmental considerations to the fore. Firstly, population growth coupled with natural resource consumption is pushing the demand for minerals to new levels. Secondly, global efforts to protect the environment and to mitigate and adapt to increased atmospheric CO2 is changing the pattern of demand to include new metals that support low carbon technologies but require their extraction and processing from the host minerals at lower energy and water intensities.
Security of Supply of Mineral Resources is a new interdisciplinary programme of research focusing on the science needed to sustain the security of supply of strategic minerals in a changing environment. NERC has allocated £7m to this programme. More about the Security of Supply of Mineral Resources programme
14 Nov 2013
Funding has been awarded for Phase 1 of this programme. Thirteen catalyst grants are underway and will run until May 2014. Security of Supply of Mineral Resources - Catalyst Grants awarded