Transitions towards post fossil fuel societies: an anthropological study of lithium-based strategies
Replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy tops the EU’s list of priorities as regards efforts to reduce the continent’s impact on global warming. Supporting the development of lithium-ion batteries is important as these can be used for electric vehicles (EVs). The EU-funded Worlds of Lithium project will examine how strategies of transition from fossil fuel transport to electric mobility powered by lithium-ion batteries are deployed in three key countries: Chile, China and Norway. Chile is the world’s largest lithium producer, China the largest producer of lithium-ion batteries, while Norway envisages being the world’s first 'zero-emission' electric transport country. The project will study the different ways transitions towards electric transport societies are taking place in these countries. This will be studied through a transnational documentation of the knowledge practices from scientists, policymakers, grassroots communities and lithium-ion battery manufacturers.
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