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Critical raw materials in times of uncertainty: Why good governance matters for energy security

Co-hosted by the European Commission, this EITI Board side-event explored the challenges of the growing demand for critical minerals.

  • 16:00 – 17:15 CEST
  • 15 June 2022
  • Online

Registration: Registration is closed

Language: English with French and Spanish interpretation

Recording: View the recording


The growing urgency of tackling climate change is intensifying calls for the shift to a low-carbon economy. The energy transition and commitments like the European Green Deal are expected to drive a major increase in the global demand for minerals, in particular for critical raw materials. 

Co-hosted by the European Commission and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this panel discussion was held as a side-event to the EITI's Board meeting in Brussels and explores the opportunities and challenges the growing demand for critical minerals presents for energy security.

It analysed the role the European Union can play in strengthening responsible supply chains through the Conflict Minerals Regulation and in-line with the Global Gateway strategy. It also highlighted how frameworks like the EITI can reduce governance and corruption risks along the critical minerals value chain. 

The event was held in English with French and Spanish interpretation


The engaging discussion featured high-level, senior representatives from civil society, mining industry stakeholders and producer governments, including:

  • Francess Piagie Alghali, Minister of State, Office of the Vice President, Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Erica Westenberg, Governance Programs Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
  • Lawrence Dechambenoit, Global Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto
  • Sampe Purba, Natural Resource Economics Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia

The panel was opened by Antti Karhunen, Director Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs; Economy that works for the People (INTPA.E) at the European Commission and moderated by Mark Robinson, Executive Director of the EITI.