The Dark Side of Green Energy
Faced with climate change, many countries have embarked on the energy transition. Since the COP21 in 2015, which set demanding targets for reducing greenhouse gases, green energies have been on the rise. The electric car has thus become the mascot of this revolution. But manufacturers remain discreet about the carbon footprint of their cars marked “zero emission”.
Because not only do they consume electricity that is not always clean, but they also consume rare metals such as cobalt or lithium, the extraction of which causes havoc on the other side of the world. In China, for example, champion of rare metals, in Heilongjiang province, a carpet of toxic dust covers agricultural regions.
The Dark Side of Green Energy is about how the world may be creating a huge dependence on rare materials and minerals – and whether the promise of a clean, “green” world will turn out to be a myth with fresh challenges to our society and environment.