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A Socio-technical Transition of Sustainable Lithium Industry in Latin America

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Publication Details
Authors: Quinteros-Condoretty America Rocio, Albareda Laura, Barbiellini Bernardo, Soyer Ayberk
Publisher: Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Procedia Manufacturing
Title of parent publication: 30th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM2021)
Volume number: 51
Start page: 1737
End page: 1747
Number of pages: 11
ISSN: 2351-9789
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


To support a sustainable mobility transition and zero-carbon economy globally, important efforts are currently being made towards the use of sustainable transport, such as electric vehicles. In this context, the role of lithium is crucial for the manufacturing of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. However, more than half of the global lithium reserves are located in the three Latin American countries comprising the so-called Lithium Triangle – namely, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Each of these countries has a different national lithium regime and national policy to support the lithium industry in the processing and export of this natural resource. This paper analyses the potential of socio-technical transition theory for building a sustainable global lithium industry, with emphasis on Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. We adopt a multilevel perspective to explore the major mining policies and national lithium arrangements, industry challenges and future scenarios among major industry and public actors in these countries.

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