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February 9, 2022

Developing a sustainable future supply of metals for Switzerland

"Access to mineral resources should be considered a strategic priority for the future of Switzerland"

The latest report (1) from the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that in “an ideal” Net Zero Emission Scenario, critical raw metals demand (2) will increase sixfold by 2050. These critical metals are increasingly used in green technologies and energy transition including copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt, and rare earth elements.

A major concern the world is currently facing is the risk of raw material supply chain disruptions. Population growth, decarbonization of transport, new technological applications, and the growing infrastructure projects led by governments around the world are contributing dramatically to an increased demand for raw material. It is forecast that by the end of the decade the supply-side of raw materials will not be able to cope with the increased demand (3).

Moreover, supply of many critical materials is concentrated only in a few countries (see Figure for Europe’s supply), leaving some regions at the mercy of a few resource-rich countries. Access to mineral resources should therefore be considered a strategic priority for the future of Switzerland, and Europe in general. Public and private Swiss and European stakeholders need to find ways to diversify their access to the global metal market, decrease their external dependencies, and tackle environmental problems more efficiently.


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Biggest supplier countries of critical raw materials to the EU (2).


Switzerland should play a pivotal role ensuring that social and environmental controls, as well as traceability and sustainability criteria are applied to the sourcing of raw materials. GENERESO wants to be the link between responsible metal explorers in developing nations, and industrial, financial, and governmental stakeholders in Europe. The ultimate goal is to secure a future supply of raw material and energy for Switzerland and Europe while helping developing nations make use of their natural resources in a sustainable way.

The projects showcased in our platform include proven small and medium-sized greenfield and brownfield exploration projects (at initial and advanced stages) that require financial input and/or partnership to move forward. We are convinced that there are huge opportunities at the base of the metal supply chain for investors, as well as for companies looking for M&A opportunities.

References

(1) International Energy Agency. World Energy Outlook 2021.

(2) A detailed list according to the European Commission (2020) can be found here

(3) S&P Global (2021), S&P Global Market Intelligence Platform (database), accessed multiple times in 2021.

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