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Briefing Note
November 2022

The Impacts of Climate Change on the Mining Sector

To tackle climate change, governments, businesses, and civil society are all working together on commitments and actions that will have many consequences for the mining industry, on top of the effects of climate change.

This brief provides an overview of how climate change will affect the global mining sector. First, the transition to a low-carbon economy requires huge amounts of raw materials that the mining industry is responsible for supplying. Second, the mining sector itself needs to play a role in self-decarbonizing. Finally, as climate change is already happening, mining companies need to consider how they adapt to these new environmental conditions.