Mining and Materials for Sustainable Development is a project developed by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI); supported by the African Legal Support Facility, Anglo American, and Ford Foundation; produced by Econ Films; and hosted by SDG Academy. To learn more, please click here.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Agenda 2030 outline a global consensus on the interlinked needs to curb human-induced climate change and to achieve sustainable development. The underlying transformations needed to achieve climate goals and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include the rapid decarbonization of our global energy systems and economies, and a scale-up of new technologies to meet the needs of a growing population. Mining and materials are at the heart of these sustainable development transformations and present both challenges and opportunities. Despite the important implications for mining investments and mineral-rich governments, the world still lacks a coherent vision to guide global actors in shifting the course of mining projects and mining companies in a way that leads to deep decarbonization; protects and preserves our fragile ecosystems; addresses the development needs of resource-dependent, low-income countries; and respects the rights and interests of impacted communities.
This course examines these challenges and opportunities and how we can pursue all these transformations in a manner consistent with human rights, poverty elimination, social inclusion, protection and preservation of ecosystems, and economic development.
In this course you will learn from leading experts in various areas of knowledge and with diverse viewpoints. Key topics covered include:
- The relevance of the energy and technological transformations to mining and materials value chains and their stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, companies, financiers, civil society, local communities, and the general public;
- The roles and responsibilities of mining and materials stakeholders in the sustainable development transformations, including in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience;
- The sustainable development challenges of renewable energy systems and an increasingly urbanized and digital economy;
- Security of supply of critical minerals
- The environmental, climate, social, human rights, and economic impacts of mining and materials value chains;
- The role of national plans, strategies, laws, and policies in addressing these challenges.