First ever IEA Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit to take place on 28 September

The International Energy Agency will host the first ever international summit on critical minerals and their role in clean energy transitions on 28 September 2023 in Paris.

The IEA Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit will take place at IEA headquarters in Paris and will focus on measures to promote the secure, sustainable and responsible supply of raw materials that have a central role the global clean energy transition.

Please note the new information for media and press access further down in this advisory.

The Summit will convene some 25 ministers from countries around the world – including both large mineral producers and consumers – as well as business leaders, investors, heads of international organisations and civil society representatives. High-level government participants include African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Amani Abou-Zeid, Argentinian Secretary of Mining Fernanda Avila, Australian Minister for Resources Madeleine King, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson, Prime Minister Mark Brown of the Cook Islands, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, and Zambian Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Paul Chanda Kabuswe. The CEOs of a wide range of companies – including BHP Billiton, Glencore, Rio Tinto and Trafigura – will also take part. To access the full list of participants, please refer to our Summit page via this link.

The convening of the IEA Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit comes after the IEA was given a Ministerial mandate by its member governments last year to deepen its work on critical minerals. Building on the analysis of its landmark report The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions, the Agency has launched new work streams to improve the transparency and security of critical minerals supplies and just published its inaugural Critical Minerals Market Review. The IEA was also recently asked by G7 governments to provide support on critical minerals.The Summit will aim to build a broader consensus among the participants on effective courses of action to diversify mineral supply chains, enhance market transparency, accelerate technological innovation and recycling, and promote sustainable and responsible development practices.

Information for press and media

The opening session of the Summit will be available to watch live on our website and social media channels on the morning of 28 September.

Due to strong media interest in the Summit, the IEA will make available dedicated workspaces in a nearby building for journalists wishing to be present in person on the sidelines of the Summit. There will be some limited capacity for journalists to conduct pre-arranged interviews with ministers or to attend any briefings that might be given by government delegations.

The opening session of the Summit will only be available to watch via livestream – and the subsequent sessions will be closed door.

To register your attendance for the Summit, please contact the IEA press office at by Tuesday, 26 September. For interview requests with IEA leadership or analysts, please also reach out to For all other interview requests, please kindly reach out to the press offices of the relevant Summit participants.

Background information
Demand for minerals that help power electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels and other clean energy technologies is skyrocketing as the global energy transition gathers pace, increasing the need for international cooperation.

According to the IEA’s Critical Minerals Market Review 2023, the overall market for energy transition minerals has doubled in size over the past five years, reaching USD 320 billion in 2022. It is set for continued rapid growth, moving it increasingly to centre stage for the global mining industry and policy makers focused on energy and climate goals.

Growing investment in critical mineral development provides grounds for cautious optimism on future supplies. Yet the risk of project delays and technology-specific shortfalls leave little room for complacency – and more projects are needed by 2030 in a scenario that limits global warming to 1.5 °C, according to the IEA’s analysis.

Limited progress on diversifying supply sources also remains a major concern, while environmental, social and governance performance offers significant scope for improvement. These trends underscore the importance of high-level dialogue among global stakeholders.

For more information on the outlook for critical minerals, visit the IEA Critical Minerals Data Explorer. This interactive online tool maps out global demand projections for more than three dozen minerals essential to clean energy transitions under various scenarios and technology trends.

International Energy Agency Press Office

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