The dirty side of the green transition

man d. 6. dec 14:00 - 16:00

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies

Skrevet af Anonynm bruger

As climate change threatens life on earth, wealthy nations rally around the golden bullet of the 'green transition', premised on replacing 'dirty' hydrocarbon energy sources with low-carbon or 'renewable energy' infrastructures. Yet, the technologies that harvest and store clean energy have vast mineral requirements, primarily sourced from low and middle-income countries. More still, these mining, manufacturing and transportation processes require fossil fuels themselves. What does this mean for the political and environmental sustainability of the green transition?

Join DIIS for a deep dive into the contested role of extractives in the Anthropocene.

Alexander Dunlap, Postdoctoral Fellow, Oslo University
Line Jakobsen, Ph.d.-studerende, Roskilde University
Patrik Andersson, Industrial PhD Student, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) & Aalborg University
Peer Schouten, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Marie Gravesen, Postdoc, DIIS
Jethro Norman, Postdoc, DIIS

14.00-14.10 Welcome and introduction, Peer Schouten, Marie Gravesen, Jethro Norman
14.10-14.50 Is the green transition a myth? Scientific evidence, Alexander Dunlap
14.50-15.10 The future is extractive: coal in Colombia, Line Jakobssen
15.10-15.30 Green giant? China’s approach to transition-critical minerals, Patrik Andersson
15.30-16.00 Q&A, Peer Schouten, Marie Gravesen, Jethro Norman

Practical information
The seminar will be held in English (no livestreaming).
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

For questions, contact DIIS Event on phone: 3269 8787 or via e-mail:


Mere info