Will electric vehicles really benefit the environment? Only if we can fix the e-waste, social and supply chain issues with those massive batteries.
“Environmental and human rights advocates, along with international heavyweights at the World Bank and World Economic Forum, say there’s an elephant in the showroom. The EV revolution has been racking up a whole supply chain of trouble around the globe (including a recent lawsuit) related to an onslaught of often-contentious new mines opening to meet surging battery-metal demand, not to mention the coming tide of e-waste from old batteries.”
[COMMENTARY]Does anyone know of a study that’s been able to ascertain the full lifecycle and consequences of EV use of metals/materials in terms of carbon use? We know that EV batteries use considerable amounts of toxic, carbon polluting materials. Until such a study is done — even though I believe EVs could greatly help achieve our climate goals — the carbon pollution caused in their manufacture and full lifecycle does bother me.
Will electric vehicles really benefit the environment? Only if we can fix the e-waste, social and supply chain issues with those massive batteries, by Adrian Vasil, February 1, 2020, Corporate Knights in the Toronto Star, Canada.