Society´s future needs for metals and minerals for a sustainable and digital society in a 2030 and 2050 perspective




Katarina Nilsson, Svemin



Purpose and goal

The project aims to show an overall picture of society´s short-term (2030) and long-term (2050) need for metals and minerals, not least for the green and digital transition. Existing, reliable information on society´s need for metals will be compiled and supplemented with an assessment of Sweden´s potential to meet Sweden´s and the EU´s metal and mineral needs. The results will be presented in the form of a report, and communicated in other ways to important target groups.

Expected results and effects

The study will provide an overall picture of society´s need for metals and minerals in the short and long term and Sweden´s potential to contribute to meeting the need. The report and communication of the information will result in reliable knowledge to enable informed, strategic policy decisions linked to Sweden´s and Europe´s raw materials supply, but also increase knowledge in society at large about the need for metals and minerals to enable green and digital transformation of the society.

Planned approach and implementation

The project is carried out as a “desktop study”, i.e. a four-step literature study; 1. identify existing studies 2. assess their quality and choose which ones that should form the basis for step 3 3. make a qualified compilation of the need for metals and minerals by 2030 and 2050 and the corresponding compilation of information on the potential to produce those metals and minerals in Sweden 4. Produce a communicative material linked to the compilation Finally, communication of the result externally.

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Final report

An English version will be available within shortly.