Benchmark to join UK’s Critical Minerals Expert Committee as EV supply chain focus intensifies

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence is delighted to accept an invitation to join the UK’s first ever Critical Minerals Expert Committee.

Simon Moores, Benchmark’s CEO, will join a handful of experts from industry and academia to advise UK government decisions on building secure and responsible supply chains for the energy transition, including for lithium ion batteries and electric vehicles.

The Critical Minerals Expert Committee is led by The Right Honourable Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who commented:

“As this Government backs long-term growth, tackles climate change and unleashes innovation, we are seized of the importance of ensuring the UK’s long-term security of supply of critical minerals, and in mitigating risks to that supply.

“As we continue to develop our activity in this area – including via work currently underway on a cross- government, cross-sector critical minerals strategy – it will be essential to draw on expertise from across industry, academia and wider society.”

Simon Moores, CEO, Benchmark said:

“Understanding the unbreakable connection between mining, chemicals and the platform technologies that are driving the energy transition is crucial for any economy that wants to prosper in the 21st century.

“Without lithium ion batteries, you can’t make electric vehicles. Yet without lithium, in the right quantities and specific qualities, delivered on time, you won’t be making the lithium ion batteries needed and the entire movement falls apart.

“The same can be said for other key platform technologies such as solar photovoltaics, permanent rare earth magnets, and semiconductors.

“In the energy transition, most of these supply chains need to be built and scaled from scratch.

“A true understanding from mine to platform technologies is needed.

“The UK’s Critical Minerals Expert Committee is a crucial and most welcome focus on these challenges.

“It is an honour for me and Benchmark to be invited to be on the committee and to be able to guide UK government decisions.”

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Further reading

Benchmark Minerals’ Simon Moores warns Senate US a ‘bystander’ in battery arms race | February 2019

“A new global lithium ion economy is being created” – Benchmark’s Simon Moores US Senate testimony transcript | June 2020

“Canada can create upstream EV battery blueprint” Benchmark’s Moores tells parliament | February 2021