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The push for a carbon-neutral economy has led to an intense search for green alternatives. One solution has been to develop and expand the application of batteries in everything from electric vehicles to power grids. The mining industry plays a critical role in battery production - batteries are produced using certain core metals that are found in deposits worldwide and the exploration and exploitation of these resources requires significant expertise and financial capability. We asked Gowling WLG's Canadian mining lead, Ian Mitchell, to explain to us the rise of battery metals, their impact on the environment and the economy, and what this means for Canadian mining companies now and going forward.

What are battery metals and which devices are they used for? What is Canada's role in the global market and why is this industry seeing such explosive growth? What are the longer term economic and geopolitical impacts that this growth will have on the mining sector?

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