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FT Moral Money Summit Europe

Realising the economic potential of critical minerals while balancing environmental and social responsibilities
Financial Times
23 May 2024, 13:20 – 14:00 GMT
London, U.K.

Aidan Davy will be speaking at the Financial Times' Moral Money Summit Europe on the transition to a low-carbon future, the demand for raw materials, and its environmental and social impacts and challenges. 

This is a critical moment in the drive for cleaner, fairer capitalism. In December, world governments agreed to triple renewable energy capacity by the end of this decade, underscoring the historic investment opportunity presented by the energy transition. Yet the challenges are conspicuous. Valuations in the green energy sector have been battered over the past three years. Political pushback to the ESG agenda has been growing ahead of key elections in Europe and the US. Meanwhile, a wave of new disclosure regulations presents fresh challenges to companies and investors whose sustainability credentials are already under fierce scrutiny.

Join leading investors, corporate executives, and policymakers at the Financial Times Moral Money Summit Europe for an in-depth exploration and discussion of the crucial themes defining the current sustainability agenda. This two-day event will focus on identifying strategies that can contribute to the development of more sustainable and equitable economies.


Panel: Realising the economic potential of critical minerals while balancing environmental and social responsibilities

The surge in global initiatives addressing climate change has fueled unprecedented demand for raw materials crucial to the production of clean technologies, resulting in a growing scarcity of essential critical minerals. While expanding the supply is imperative for the transition to a low-carbon economy, the development of critical minerals introduces a spectrum of environmental and social impacts and challenges. Mining activities contribute to environmental concerns such as greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and the generation of hazardous waste and pollution. Social considerations, encompassing labour relations, mining in conflict areas, and opposition from local communities, only further intensifies the debate. 

  • What regulatory frameworks do companies need to anticipate, both within Europe and on a global scale? 
  • Do existing regulatory frameworks and corporate practices provide adequate safeguards to prevent problematic or unethical sourcing of critical minerals?
  • Given the limited number of mines involved, what are the primary challenges and risks associated with effectively managing the supply chains for critical minerals?
  • Are global organisations taking sufficient measures to establish transparency and scrutiny throughout their critical mineral supply chains, and what initiatives are in place to bring them closer to their sources?
  • In the pursuit of the green transition, how much environmental and social disruption is acceptable?
  • Adam Matthews, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Church of England Pensions Board
  • Aidan Davy, Co-COO, ICMM
  • Lee Harris, Reporter, Financial Times
  • Virpi Stucki, Chief Sustainable Supply Chains, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)