Climate Change
Minerals & Mining
Global Issues

On 12 November 2020, experts spoke about climate change and mining, presented the main findings of the study ‘Impacts of climate change on mining, related environmental risks and raw material supply’, and discussed the way forward with contributions from the research community, private sector and civil society. 


Climate change is increasingly affecting the mining sector. Growing water scarcity and a rising number of extreme weather events such as floods, wildfires and storms are exacerbating already existing risks and affecting supply chains. At the same time, our responses to climate change in particular the green transition of our energy systems are increasingly driving demand for resources.

This webinar presented the results of our latest study ‘Impacts of climate change on mining, related environmental risks and raw material supply’, which was commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and conducted by adelphi in partnership with the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland and ifeu Heidelberg.

This webinar presented the main findings of this three-year research project. Speakers focused on the following questions:

  • How does climate change impact environmental risks associated with mining? How does it affect raw material supply chains?
  • Which raw material-producing countries are comparatively more at risk from climate change and how might these risks change in the future?
  • What can governments and businesses do to adapt the mining sector to climate change?
  • What role can other actors such as investors, consumers, civil society and research play in supporting adaptation efforts?

Verónica Martinez (ICMM), Dr. Tim Laing (University of Brighton), and Tobias Kind-Rieper (WWF) provided their perspective on the research results and the links between climate change and mining. After their input, they had a discussion focused on ways forward.

The final report, the case studies and a recommendation paper are accessible via the following link:


1. Welcome by Jan Kosmol (Policy Officer, German Environment Agency, UBA)

2. Presentation of research results by Pia van Ackern and Lukas Rüttinger (Consultant and Senior Advisor, adelphi)

3. Interventions by

  • Verónica Martinez (Senior Programme Officer, ICMM)
  • Dr. Tim Laing (Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton)
  • Tobias Kind-Rieper (Global Lead Metals & Mining, WWF)

4. Moderated Q&A

5. Conclusion and outlook by Associate Professor Glen Corder (Principal Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland)

Moderation by Dr. Beatrice Mosello (Senior Advisor, adelphi)

Didn't make it to the webinar? Watch it here: