Environmental Risks and Challenges of Anthropogenic Metals Flows and Cycles

Environmental Risks and Challenges of Anthropogenic Metals Flows and Cycles

Lead Author: Ester van der Voet

Publication date: 2013

Abstract:

Metals are an essential part of our economy as core raw materials for infrastructure and manufacturing of products. Demand is expected to remain strong in the future: in developing countries because of rapid industrialization, and in developed countries because modern technologies will require the use of metals. Meanwhile renewable energy technologies – as part of the transition to an inclusive green economy – are generally more metals intensive than fossil fuel ones. This report from the UNEP-hosted International Resource Panel gives a clear picture of the potential environmental impacts of metals at different stages of the life-cycle while linking with other areas of resource use such as water, food production and energy.

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