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21 October - 17 November
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Green Energy - at what cost?

Cobalt mine

What’s on offer?

Film screening and panel discussion 

What’s it about?

Join the discussion with researchers from the University of Bath and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Catholic University of Bukavu on the invisible side of the global rush for a mineral that is driving the green energy revolution, cobalt.

Cobalt is a key ingredient in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Rising global demand for greener technologies has led to a rush for this mineral and one country accounts for almost half the world’s supply of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

University of Bath film-makers Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf present Cobalt Rush, a film that tells the story and gives voice to the informal workforce of miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the gruelling conditions they often face.

Collaborator Bossissi Nkuba from the Catholic University of Bukavu and University of Bath’s Annie Snelson-Powell will join Roy and Simon in a panel discussion to explore the question of the human cost of the transition to green energy and delve into our complex relationship with green technologies.

This event is free, but booking is essential.

Who’s leading the event?

Roy Maconachie, Professor in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences