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Digital for critical minerals

Embracing circularity for a low-carbon future

December 4, 10:00 - 11:00 GST

Finland Pavilion, OR02G4, Blue Zone, Expo City Dubai

Digitalization will play a key role in enabling climate action – but it will also drive up demand for critical minerals and metals.

The World Bank estimates that the proliferation of clean energy technologies could lead to a nearly 500% increase in demand for minerals such as graphite, lithium, and cobalt by 2050. Many clean energy technologies depend on extensive digitalization, including 5G networks, which will lead to a further increase in demand for key resources.  

In this event, Nokia and guest speakers unpacked why the demand for minerals and metals will increase; how digitalization can help industries advance circular practices, and how the digital industry can embrace circular concepts in its own value chain.

You can watch a recording of the event at the Finland pavilion via their website here.

What if the natural resources we need to tackle climate change run out?

Opening remarks and moderation

 Mr Subho Mukherjee, VP Sustainability and Global Head of ESG, Nokia

Mr Subho Mukherjee, VP Sustainability and Global Head of ESG, Nokia

Keynote speaker

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama, Chief Economist and VP for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama, Chief Economist and VP for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank

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Mr. Ville Tavio, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Republic of Finland

Mr. Ville Tavio, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Republic of Finland

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Ms Valentine Cheruiyot, Lead Climate and Environmental Management, Safaricom plc.

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Mr. Giulio Berruti, Director, Climate Change, BSR

Mr. Giulio Berruti, Director, Climate Change, BSR

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Mr Philippe Tuzzolino, VP Environment, Orange Group

Mr. Philippe Tuzzolino, VP Environment, Orange Group

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Ms Petra Schwager, Chief, Climate and Technology Partnership Division, Director of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)