Striving for green recovery, #EU adds #lithium to critical materials list

BRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The European Commission added battery element lithium to its
critical raw materials list on Thursday and set out a plan to guarantee their supply to support a green

The European Union needs to diversify its sources of materials, ranging from silicon to rare earths,
the Commission said, an issue highlighted after global supply chains were disrupted when the
COVID-19 pandemic struck.

The EU executive, which first drew up a list of critical raw materials in 2011 in response to
booming commodity prices, said it had added lithium, aluminium ore bauxite, titanium – used in
aerospace and for orthopaedic implants, and strontium.

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