Cobalt in the Green Recovery: A Sustainable Future
As the global economy, and society, start to recover from the Covid pandemic, it is clear that the recovery must be sustainable and resilient. Cobalt has a strong role to play in the green recovery and the wider energy transition.
The 2021 (virtual) Cobalt Conference will discuss the role of cobalt in ensuring a sustainable future. During the conference, the various sessions will examine all aspects of the cobalt value chain and exchange views on how the industry is positioning itself to address the upcoming challenges.
We will discuss the Cobalt market over the last 12 months, the supply and sourcing of cobalt. A special focus will be given to the critical role of cobalt in enabling electric mobility across the globe: the latest European legislative and regulatory developments impacting the battery value chain, as well as the Chinese perspective on it.
Welcome and Opening Speech
Session 1: Cobalt Market Review and Impact of Covid19
This session will review the Cobalt Market in 2020, examine the impact of the COVID19 pandemic and look at the drivers for the market in 2021.
Moderated by David Weight, Past President, Cobalt Institute
Lunch Talk: What will drive the cobalt market in the medium term?
Session 2: Cobalt Supply
As demand for Cobalt continues to increase, this session will look at current Cobalt resources and reserves, the challenges in extracting them and plans to do so.
Moderated by Adam McCarthy, President, Cobalt Institute
Responsible Sourcing Afternoon
Keynote speech: Jean-Dominique Takis, CEO, L’Entreprise Générale du Cobalt
Session 3: ASM Contribution to Sustainable Development
This session will consider the contribution of ASM to sustainable livelihoods and look at how the industry is engaging collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes on the ground.
Moderated by Susannah McLaren, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, Cobalt Institute
Screening of film “The wrong direction : Are concerns about electric cars just fake news? ” and Q&A with Marc Muller, producer, Nous Production
Moderated by Marina Demidova, Communications Manager, Cobalt Institute
Full documentary available at this link.
|17.30||End of Day 1|
his second day of the conference will focus on the largest application for Cobalt, batteries. In particular, the discussions will focus on European legislation which will impact the battery sector and the use of Cobalt.
|10.00||Welcome and Introduction by Peter Vis, Senior Advisor, Rud Pedersen|
|10.10||Keynote Speech by Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director, DG GROW, European Commission|
Session 1: Battery Regulation
Video welcome from Lisa Murkowski, US Senator for Alaska
Moderated by Mike Blakeney, Senior Manager for Government and Public Affairs, Cobalt Institute
Coffee Talk: A Chinese Perspective on the Regulation and Impact on European Markets
Session 2: Cobalt Chemicals Management and Impact on Batteries
Moderated by Caroline Braibant, Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Cobalt Institute
Benchmark Workshop: Cobalt’s life cycle: The benefits cobalt brings to the lithium ion battery supply chain
|16.35||Closing Speech by Professor Kristin A. Persson, University of California, Berkeley|
|17.00||Closing Speech by Dr Mike McKittrick, US Department of Energy|