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Prof. Alex M. Bradshaw and Prof. Thomas Hamacher Nonregenerative Natural Resources in a Sustainable System of Energy Supply ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100563

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Rare and precious: Following the lead taken by the EU in energy and climate policy, a shift from fossil fuels to regenerative energy will have occurred globally by the second half of this century. This will be accompanied by a strong demand for other exhaustible raw materials, in particular metals. The terms “sustainability”, “depletion” and “scarcity” are examined in the context of mineral supply and the situation with regard to some rare metals is discussed.

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