Guest Talk: Robert Pell
Acknowledging the importance of quantifying the environmental impacts of rare earth metals extraction, and the ways companies find to navigate their impact reduction roadmaps. A life cycle assessment approach is adopted to take a holistic view of production and use and compare the impact of electrification versus combustion vehicles, to understand the consequences of raw materials exploitation for the environment. Watch the interview with Robert Pell, Founder & CEO of Minviro, to know more!
  • Craig Guthrie
    Craig Guthrie
  • Robert Pell
    Robert Pell
  • Fabio Novelli
    Fabio Novelli
Did you know?
  • Based on average size of currently operating mines, we can calculate that more than 300 new mines need to be built over the next decade to meet the demand for electric vehicles and energy storage to meet the world's climate goals, in particular 97 natural graphite mines, 74 lithium mines, 72 nickel mines and 62 cobalt mines.
  • Crushing rocks represents 3% of the global generated electric power usage.
  • Society will need six times the minerals of today to feed the demand of the low carbon technology by 2040.
Craig Guthrie
Craig Guthrie


After covering the role of managing editor at Asia Times Online and Middle East Eye, and more than three years as the Digital Editor of Petroleum Economist with a mandate to focus on technical innovation, Industry 4.0 and ESG, Craig Guthrie took over Mining Magazine's editorship in April 2021.

With years of experience writing about the impacts of regional geopolitics on the commodity markets, he now leads an editorial team to provide industry coverage on critical midstream operations, technology, computing, and more, in the mining industry.

Robert Pell
Robert Pell


Robert Pell is the Founder & CEO of Minviro, a UK-based consultancy and technology company that provides solutions using life cycle assessment for raw materials, technologies, and recycling sectors.

Prior to Minviro, Dr. Pell completed a Ph.D. at the University of Exeter (Camborne School of Mines), as part of the NERC funded SoSRare project on the topic “Responsible sourcing of rare earth elements”, with a year at Tsinghua University.

Dr. Pell has published a number of academic papers on applying life cycle assessment for rare earth elements and other technology metals.

Fabio Novelli
Fabio Novelli


Fabio Novelli is an entrepreneur who founded his first trading company in 1990, later moving into the fields of industrial automation, services to industry, engineering and plant engineering and R&D.

To merge these different souls he and his father Albino founded Nol-Tec Europe, a company that designs and builds integrated bulk material handling and process automation systems in many industries, in 1998.  

In 2016, the Company changed the brand name into NTE Process: across years it turned from a family business into a management-run business celebrating 25 years of successes in 2023

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