published an Op-Ed in Euractiv on the importance of building a circular metals economy focused on recycling, reuse, and reduced demand, avoiding new mining to the greatest extent possible.

That said, if new mining is to occur, both Earthworks and Transport & Environment concurred: “Mining operations must adhere to stringent environmental and human rights standards (such as those developed by the multi-stakeholder Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance) with independent, third-party assurance of compliance.”