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    Providing a voice to the global lithium industry in the ‘lithium century’

    The International Lithium Association (ILiA) was established in 2021 as an international not-for-profit industry association run by and for its members in the lithium industry.

    The world has entered the ‘lithium century’ almost without noticing it, but until now this critical industry lacked a central voice. Rechargeable lithium batteries are everywhere, providing safe, reliable power wherever and whenever it is needed.

    Of the many applications for lithium batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage solutions (ESS) stand out as by far the largest and fastest growing sectors, driven by the world-wide shift from traditional fossil-fuelled vehicles towards cleaner forms of transport and energy use.

    Against the background of this exceptional growth, the International Lithium Association was formed to provide a central, global voice for the lithium producers and their stakeholders, and to promote a sustainable and responsible future for the lithium value chain.

    ILiA’s primary goals are to become a trusted source of information about lithium, to promote a greater awareness of ILiA members’ ESG credentials, and to efficiently and effectively address key challenges faced by the industry.

    The Founding Chairman of ILiA, Anand Sheth, said: “ILiA’s vision is to be the voice of the global lithium industry for the ‘lithium century’. Lithium is key to the current global energy revolution as the world transitions towards net zero carbon. This will bring unprecedented growth to the market but also intense attention from media, government regulators, civil society, end-user groups and other external stakeholders.”

    The five founding members of ILiA are SQM, Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd, AMG Brazil S.A., Orocobre Ltd and Pilbara Minerals, who between them account for well over half of global lithium production.

    ILiA’s membership is drawn from the entire supply chain: from producers and explorers all the way through the industry to end-users and recyclers. It is headquartered in the UK.

    The element lithium (Li) is the lightest of all the metallic atoms and is the 33rd most common element on Earth. Natural lithium minerals are relatively abundant and found in many countries. Currently there are around eight large industrial operators in Australia, Chile, Argentina, China, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Portugal that produce lithium raw materials at significant scale, although this number is set to rise as lithium production increases to meet future demand.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    • Lithium industry
    • Lithium applications
    • Lithium resources & production
    • Lithium sustainability and ESG

     RESEARCH INTERESTS:

    • The regulatory landscape of the lithium industry
    • ESG issues in the lithium supply chain
    • New lithium applications
    • New lithium production

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