Discussing the importance of decarbonizing the mining sector to meet the demand for infrastructure and materials needed for global population and wealth growth elicits the need for the industry to communicate better about this paradigm shift, which includes a focus on rare earth metals.
Reuse and recycling are essential, but new minerals are required, especially for the net-zero transition; the challenges of decarbonizing the mining sector, including the energy consumed in converting raw materials, urge the adoption of solutions such as electrification, biofuels or synthetic fuels, and hydrogen.
Watch the interview with Thomas Koch Blank, Senior Principal of Breakthrough Technologies Program at RMI, to further explore this essential topic.
At RMI, Thomas Koch Blank leads initiatives to promote the adoption of green hydrogen in heavy industry. With his experience in the fields of sustainability, energy and resource efficiency, renewable energy and access to energy, mining and minerals, hydrogen, and solar system design, Thomas is a leader of a portfolio of initiatives focused on accelerating clean energy technology and decarbonizing heavy industry.
Prior to his work at RMI, Thomas helped build consultancy McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, advising the world’s largest companies on the decarbonization of production and supply chains. He also served as a senior advisor to national governments drafting and implementing sustainability strategies.
Alexander Allen began his career as a geologist, gaining extensive experience working for a range of exploration companies across various commodities and countries. Following his geological career, Alexander transitioned to investment banking in natural resources, spending 8 years in London where he focused on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
In September 2022, Alexander joined Nth Cycle, a company focused on developing innovative recycling technologies for the battery and electronic waste industries.
Bruno Santos is a tire field test engineer with over 10 years of experience validating new technologies, products, and services. He has extensive knowledge of the tire industry, and his technical expertise and ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams has been instrumental in the successful development of new products and services.
Bruno is passionate about finding innovative solutions to improve tire performance and safety. His commitment to continuous improvement makes him a highly valuable professional in the tire industry.