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Is There Enough Cobalt for Electric Cars and Can Circular Economy Help? | Getting in the Loop Podcast

Is There Enough Cobalt for Electric Cars and Can Circular Economy Help? with Katherine Whalen

Episode 010: Podcast Show Notes

Today we’re doing something new! I’m recapping my trip to Cambridge for the one-day ‘Future of electric mobility and material demands’ Short Course organized by SusCritMat.

In the past ten years, global sales of electric vehicles have increased yearly. Right now we have more than 4 million electric vehicles on the road globally, and by 2040, there could be up to 900 million electric vehicles. But will the supply of battery materials such as lithium and cobalt be able to keep up with the demand for electric vehicles? Tune in to this week’s episode to uncover this question and more issues surrounding this topic.

Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways

  • 4:40 Will supply be able to match demand for cobalt and lithium?
  • 8:30 Is circular economy a solution?
  • 12:45 What other potential changes and solutions are there?

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About the Host

Katie Whalen

Hi! I’m Katie Whalen. I created the IN THE LOOP game in 2013 during my Master’s graduation project. Now a PhD candidate at Lund University, I research business models for circular economy as part of the MISTRA REES project.

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About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste. Let's get in the loop!


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