Critical minerals for climate change mitigation - Reducing risks in lithium supply chains

Australia and Japan are major suppliers/consumers of lithium and are uniquely placed to enact strategies that can maintain long-term supply resilience. Learn about key risks and opportunities for Australian and Japanese lithium value chains.

Lithium battery production requires lithium mining, beneficiation, refining, electrochemical production, cell production and assembly. Australia and Japan are key players across several of these supply stages, but both rely heavily on China for the intermediate processing of refined lithium materials, exposing both of them to increased risks of supply disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many fragilities in such critical metal supply chains.

This bilateral symposium therefore gathers Australian and Japanese expertise in critical minerals production, processing and recycling across academia-government-industry to:
  • Identify collaborative research and innovation
  • opportunities for Australia and Japan in the lithium value chain
  • Identify specific supply chain vulnerabilities that may be impacted by climate change and geopolitical conflict by providing an analytical framework for evaluating critical mineral security and capacity.
  • Provide competitive advantages through targeted training that boosts opportunities for Australian and Japanese industries (mining, refining and battery manufacturing)

The symposium is a high-profile event and co-hosted by:

  • Critical Minerals Consortium and Monash Energy Institute, Monash University
  • Austrade
  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  • Kyoto University (Japan)
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

The symposium is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It will address the AJF's priority scientific research areas and will establish institutional collaborations between participating international experts and researchers from the participating organisations. It’s an opportunity to explore novel approaches to critical minerals assessment, recycling and recovery activities, with the aim of establishing a network of expertise amongst academia, researchers and industry in Australia and Japan. It will also facilitate the establishment of 'Australia-Japan Critical Minerals Research Group (AJCMRG)' with participants to provide input into ongoing research.

Symposium Themes

  • Critical Minerals & Supply Chains
  • Battery Storage and Technology
  • Trade and Investments
  • Governance and Policy

Organising Team

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For further information contact organiser


Dr Mahdokht Shaibani | m.e.shaibani@monash.edu


Dr Benjamin McLellan | mclellan.benjamincraig.7v@kyoto-u.ac.jp

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