In this issue, the editor joins the critical metals dialogue. It is common knowledge that critical metals are vital to the functionality of various emerging technologies, yet they have a potentially unstable supply globally. Demand for critical minerals has skyrocketed in recent years with the growing global appetite for high-tech devices, mainly in the renewable energy and e-mobility spaces.
These metals are considered ‘critical’ in that they are necessary to the development of future economic needs, and yet their availability in sufficient quantities for future market demands has been questioned. Significantly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted how deeply global supply chains can be disrupted in a short space of time, and the importance of ensuring resilience through a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials.