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Last week, Serbian environmental protesters were successful in getting plans to allow Rio Tinto to mine one of Europe's largest lithium deposits suspended.
Post-COP26, all of Europe needs to move urgently towards the goal of obtaining 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables.
Serbia’s push to exploit its lithium reserves appears to be driven by the desire to place the country in a stronger strategic position in Europe in anticipation of the price of this natural resource climbing over the next decade.
We have already seen China showing an interest in moving into a position of access to global lithium supplies.
This lithium has never been mined, but its extraction is likely to start soon, and Czech lithium mines are seen as a great hope for the EU’s battery industry.
This is not just about electric cars.
This is because pumping electricity directly into the grid is wasteful.