The Extractive Realities Behind Low-Carbon Infrastructures

Speaker:  Alexander Dunlap, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

This lecture explores the mining and raw material extraction necessary behind wind, solar and other lower-carbon technologies. Dunlap will review the material requirements behind wind and solar infrastructures, followed by examining the reality of the mining, mineral processing and manufacturing process. He will discuss the realities behind mining, such as political contestations, human rights violations and the toxification of environments. This lecture will also discuss trends towards the digitalizing of mining and efforts at ‘green’ mining. Additionally, Dunlap will examine overlooked methodological issues that are gaining attention, such as, underestimations and exclusion of quantitative data, modeling studies and the authority granted to modeling research by public policy. This lecture lays out a series of under examined issues instrumental to understanding the extractive costs of a green energy transition.

Funding providing in part by the University Lectures Fund


Oct 27 2022


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm


1163 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.