Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth, and Chair of the APPG on Critical Minerals, welcomed the Critical Minerals Association (CMA) and key stakeholders within government and industry to Parliament on Monday (July 18th).
Cherilyn hosted the event to mark the launch of the CMA’s ESG paper, 'Building the UK’s Green Economy: Breaking Down Barriers for Responsible Sourcing of Critical Minerals'. The report highlights the case for breaking down barriers to enable responsible sourcing of critical minerals overseas and domestically in areas including Cornwall.
The Secretary of State for International Trade, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, spoke at the event to highlight the important work Government is undertaking in critical mineral supply chains. The event was also attended by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) & Department for International Trade (DIT) and sponsored by key industry players, including Cornish Lithium.
Following the event, Cherilyn said:
“This event was a fantastic opportunity to launch the CMA’s new paper, which makes a compelling case for building a green economy with responsibly sourced critical minerals.It was great to hear widespread agreement that as the world races ahead to secure critical minerals, the UK must lead the way towards securing responsible critical mineral supply chains.
Cornwall is playing a central role in developing this industry, with a long and successful mining history and a rich mineral endowment. It offers investment opportunities to explore and extract many commodities required to manufacture clean energy.
It is brilliant to see local companies embracing new technologies that allow more efficient extraction of critical raw material. Cornish Lithium, based in Penryn, is pioneering the low carbon extraction of lithium from hard rock and from geothermal waters in Cornwall.
I look forward to continuing work with the Government on developing the Critical Minerals Strategy and promoting the important role Cornwall plays in this vital industry.”