Greenpeace Ranking: 5 Major Electric Vehicle Companies Say No To Deep Sea Mining

US companies General Motors, Ford and Tesla lag behind global peers

Washington DC Greenpeace USA has unveiled its Race to the Top web application, which ranks eight major electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers on their public stances on deep-sea mining. US automakers Ford, General Motors and Tesla were at the bottom of the rankings because they have not made a public commitment to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining or pledged to cut deep-sea minerals out of their supply chains. Is.

Deep sea mining companies are relying on the EV market to kick-start this destructive industry, which could start operations as early as next year. Yet five of the eight EV manufacturers ranked by Greenpeace (Rivian, Renault, BMW Group, Volvo and Volkswagen) publicly support a global moratorium on deep-sea mining and publicly sourcing minerals from the deep sea. Committed not to.

Greenpeace USA Project Lead on Deep Sea Mining Arlo Hemphill said: “Should deep-sea mining begin on an industrial scale, it would cause significant and irreversible damage to our oceans and our climate. The stance taken by Rivian, Renault, BMW Group, Volvo and Volkswagen against deep-sea mining is a strong signal to mining companies that are ready to rob one of the most important and fragile ecosystems on Earth that this new industry I can’t have one. Market. This is antithetical to the green energy and transportation transition we need.”

Hemphill continued: “Ford, General Motors and Tesla have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership that prioritizes the well-being of people and our planet by supporting the call to ban deep-sea mining. His silence on this issue is not acceptable.”

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Electric vehicle companies have other options for reducing the need for minerals: they can reduce the need for minerals by increasing closed-loop battery recycling and improving battery efficiency and new chemistry – two criteria in this ranking. has been taken into account.

The Race to the Top application is launched when delegates from around the world gather in Kingston, Jamaica for the International Seabed Authority (ISA) meeting. Those charged with protecting the seafloor as a “common heritage of mankind” have been criticized by civil society for working closely with potentially deep-sea mining companies and fast-tracking regulations that would allow the industry to reach a date of July 2023. Can be allowed to start operations at the beginning. It has also been criticized for lacking transparency, accountability and inclusivity and hindering dialogue between member states and civil society in one of the most important discussions about the future of the oceans.

Protests from frontline communities, civil society, scientists, automobile and technology companies, financial institutions and the fishing industry are gathering momentum for a moratorium to stop the booming industry before it begins. The Pacific countries of Palau, Fiji, Samoa and Micronesia recently launched a coalition to halt development of the region, citing concerns about the health of the ocean and the industry’s impact on the lives and livelihoods of Pacific peoples. Chile recently submitted a letter to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea calling for a 15-year moratorium on the nascent industry. More than 200 parliamentarians from 47 different countries have called for a ban on deep sea mining.

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Greenpeace Aotearoa campaigner James Hita said: “Mining in and around the Pacific will have devastating effects for generations to come. We are Tangata O Te MoanaWe are the people of the sea, and we have a responsibility katiyaki – Preservative – to ensure its stability. Governments must act with the understanding that things will not change until they stop the extraction industry burdening the ocean for the benefit of the few.

Greenpeace USA welcomes pledges by some of these automakers to ban deep-sea mining and keep deep-sea minerals off their supply chains, but the industry has been plagued by widespread labor abuse and a number of issues, including fossil fuel emissions. Criticizes problems. ,

Courtesy of Greenpeace


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