“We’re not going to be able to make compromises. Each of the new technologies that we use to replace existing technologies, a lot of them are much more commodity intensive than the ones we use now. And so, the scale of the increased demand for commodities, and also the range of commodities impacted, are breath-taking.” - James Richards, Analyst & Portfolio Manager
In this episode, Catherine Yeung, Investment Director, and Marty Dropkin, Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, explore the critical role of transition materials — minerals and elements, such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel, that are essential to developing and deploying clean energy technologies.
Demand for these materials around the world continues to grow so securing a reliable supply of them is a priority for countries trying to get to net zero. China has many of them in abundance and it dominates their production and processing, which in turn makes the country indispensable to a successful and sustainable transition.
Catherine and Marty are joined by Analyst and Portfolio Manager, James Richards, from London and Shanghai-based Director of Research for Equities in China, Monica Li, to discuss what investors can do to share in this boom and prepare their portfolios for a greener future.
With additional contributions from Hong Kong-based Analyst and Portfolio Manager Karen Zhou and Shanghai-based Sustainable Investing Analyst Binyu Zhao.