Imagine a world with a billion electric cars.
We make our world by extracting almost a hundred billion tons of resources from the planet every year. Through our relentless resource consumption humans have changed the land, oceans and atmosphere to a point where the future livability of our planet is in question.
Together with independent researchers we have produced a study that compares the cradle-to-gate impacts of two sources of minerals — land ores and polymetallic nodules — to meet the demand for the four base metals used in manufacturing EV battery cathodes and wiring: nickel, cobalt, manganese and copper.
If the goal is to produce the world’s greenest, most ethical EVs, and to reduce the harm imposed by the green transition itself, where should EV manufacturers source their base metals? This is the central question we seek to answer. We are currently putting the final touches on this first-of-its-kind paper. Please subscribe to DeepGreen updates to be notified of its release. To download the Executive Summary, click here.
Our Environmental Program
We are proud to contribute to society’s knowledge of the deep ocean. Our team is currently collecting data to establish a baseline understanding of the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of the water column and abyssal seabed in our exploration area, to depths of 4.5 km below surface. We are building a more complete picture of habitat connectivity and how it relates to the distribution and function of deep sea organisms and the overall structure of the community.
We will use that baseline data to make engineering decisions to develop technologies to collect polymetallic nodules with as little impact as possible. Where and when disruption is unavoidable, we are working to develop mitigation measures. Much will be learned over the course of our multi-year environmental baseline studies, which will coalesce as a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement that we will present to the International Seabed Authority for consideration.
Working with stakeholders
DeepGreen is committed to openness, transparency, and working with all stakeholders. To facilitate the conversation, we will share our upcoming plans and work programs and consider all feedback.
As we move into the important Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) phase of our work, we are seeking input from the scientific community, conservation NGOs, academics, policy makers and the public to help guide the process. You are invited to learn more about our activities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone by following our progress, telling us what you think, and sharing your thoughts as we progress.
Our environment team will provide briefings at various locations across the globe so you can learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. To learn more about our upcoming stakeholder workshops, please contact email@example.com.
Our most recent ESIA stakeholder briefing was held in San Diego in February, 2020. Over 70 people from all over the world took part in the two-day workshop focusing on the opportunities and challenges of collecting deep sea nodules as a source of essential metals to facilitate the green transition.
Additional stakeholder workshops will be held in the near future and details will be posted on our website.
Scoping Report and Terms of Reference
Providing opportunities for participation and consultation is an integral part of an ESIA and for all facets of this project now and into the future.
As part of the ESIA, a Scoping Report and Terms of Reference document is being developed and will soon be made available for comment.
We will continue to keep you updated about these documents and opportunities to provide feedback in the coming months.
Join the conversation by following our updates on social media and here on our website. You can also submit questions and feedback to the team at any time.
Please subscribe to updates to get the latest information on our project as it progresses. We look forward to hearing from you.