Mineral Resources Economics 2

Issues and Action Levers


Mineral Resources Economics 2

Edited by

Florian Fizaine, University Savoie Mont Blanc, France
Xavier Galiègue, University of Orléans, France

ISBN : 9781789450255

Publication Date : January 2022

Hardcover 250 pp

165.00 USD



The challenges associated with the environmental impact of renewable energies are formidable and multiple. The exploitation of diffuse forms of energy will require us to reshape our lifestyles and infrastructures. Reducing their environmental impact is imperative and requires the mobilization of all available levers of action.

Beyond the analysis of these challenges, this book presents an overview of the levers of action that should allow us to meet them, by crossing the fields of the human sciences, geosciences and engineering. The levers of action examined are both technical (through the substitution or use of low technology) and economic and social (through the development of recycling or decoupling). The book also addresses the question of their effectiveness and their overall impact.


Part 1. Stakes
1. Toward a New Geopolitics of Raw Materials in the Energy Transition, Emmanuel Hache, Gondia Sokhna Seck, Charlène Barnet, Samuel Carcanague and Fernanda Guedes.
2. Legal Issues Regarding the Sustainable Management of Territorial and Extraterritorial Mineral Resources, Stephanie Reiche-de Vigan.
3. Mining and Societies, Michel Dehaies.

Part 2. Action Levers
4. Maintaining or Even Developing the Mining of Mineral Resources in Europe: The Case of Wallonia (Belgium), Johan Yans.
5. Substitution: Promises, Principles and Main Constraints, Florian Fizaine.
6. Resource Consumption and Decoupling, Thierry Lefèvre.
7. The Economics of Recycling: Ambitions, Myths and Constraints, Alain Geldron.
8. Low-tech: A Path Toward the Necessary Metallic Sobriety?, Philippe Bihouix.

About the authors/editors

Florian Fizaine is associate professor in economics at the University Savoie Mont Blanc and visiting professor at the IFP School and Mines ParisTech in France.

Xavier Galiègue is associate professor in economics at the University of Orléans and a member of the Orléans Laboratory of Economics (LEO) in France.

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