Lithium mine undertaking in Auvergne acknowledged as being of “major national interest” by decree | EUROtoday

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One of the biggest European lithium mining tasks, led by the Imerys group in Allier, has joined the listing of “projects of major national interest”, synonymous with accelerated implementation procedures, based on a decree printed on Sunday July 7 in Official newspaper.

This undertaking to open a lithium mine in Echassières is a part of the technique put in place by France to free itself from its dependence on imports of the dear steel, notably from China. The manufacturing of lithium batteries for electrical vehicles is a key factor of the power transition, whereas thermal autos will probably be banned from sale within the European Union from 2035.

According to Imerys, the undertaking, referred to as Emili, goals to supply the lithium wanted to fabricate batteries for greater than 700,000 autos for twenty-five years from 2028. A public debate launched in March on the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the undertaking is because of conclude on July 31, based on the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP).

Creation of 500 direct jobs and 1,000 oblique jobs

Imerys believes that its undertaking, described as “the most important mining project in metropolitan France for more than half a century”would generate 500 direct jobs and 1,000 oblique jobs.

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The standing of “major project of national interest”, created by the inexperienced trade legislation of October 2023, permits industrial tasks of significance for the ecological transition or nationwide sovereignty to learn from acceleration measures or administrative exemptions.

This standing was granted in current days to a molecular plastics recycling plant undertaking by the Eastman firm in Seine-Maritime; to a decreased iron ore and hydrogen manufacturing website by the Gravithy firm in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône); in addition to to a mega-plant for Carbon photovoltaic panels within the giant seaport of Marseille.

Globally, in 2022, 47% of mined lithium got here from Australia – principally bought to Chinese processing corporations –, 30% from Chile and 15% from China. In Europe, solely Portugal produces some lithium, amounting to 0.5% of world mining manufacturing in 2022, based on knowledge from the US Geological Survey USGS.

In May, the International Energy Agency (IEA), which mentioned it feared “tensions” regarding the world provide of minerals and metals important to the power transition, has inspired a rise in mining investments in order that the planet can restrict its warming to 1.5°C by the top of the century.

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The World with AFP