The Blind Spots of the Green Energy Transition

Olivia Lazard

A video of Olivia Lazard

11 a.m., August 20, 2023

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The world needs clean energy, but de-carbonization calls for a massive increase in the mining and extraction of minerals like lithium, graphite and cobalt. Olivia Lazard, a fellow at Carnegie Europe, sheds light on the scramble for these mineral resources – and how the countries that control their supply chains could find themselves at the center of a new global stage. Lazard thinks planetary security depends on our ability to de-escalate resource competition.

Lazard’s research at Carnegie Europe focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered in, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated with climate change and environment collapse. She has twelve years of experience in the peacemaking sector at field and policy levels.

She has worked for various NCOs, the UN, the EU, and states in the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, and parts of Asia. Her focus was to understand how globalization and the international political economy shaped patterns of violence and vulnerability patterns as well as formed new types of conflict systems that our international governance architecture has difficulty tackling.

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