In 2019, we issued the periodic table of the relative abundance of chemical elements, in an effort to raise society’s awareness of the limited mineral resources available on Earth. It has received remarkable attention worldwide by the scientific community, the general public and public agencies and has been widely distributed in European secondary schools. The table is a living document, to be periodically updated in the light of developments that may affect the availability or status of specific elements. In this context, EuChemS promotes the discussion between the scientific, industrial and political community to check if colors of specific elements need revision.
The 2030 European climate and energy framework calls for enhanced electrification in final energy uses (e.g., transport, heat) to be accomplished by renewable electricity, primarily via wind and photovoltaic technologies. The intrinsic daily and seasonal variability of wind and sunlight will require a large deployment of storage capacity, most of which is expected to be electrochemical. In an increasingly electrified world, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are expected to play a highly relevant role both in the storage and in the mobility sector. Accordingly, the lightest metal element, lithium, is a key enabler for the ongoing energy transition. The scope of the webinar is to answer some key questions such as: Are there enough lithium resources on Earth? Will the rush to lithium generate new geopolitical tensions? Are there viable alternatives to LIBs? To what extent can we push battery recycling? And, last but not least: What is the appropriate color of Lithium in the EuChemS periodic table?