Critical minerals are needed more than ever, and they play an essential role in the global economy and will continue to be pivotal in achieving Canada’s goal of Net-Zero by 2050.

Zinc is fundamental to the green economy as it is used to galvanize iron and steel to protect against corrosion, adding longevity to infrastructure and construction materials that would otherwise deteriorate and must be rebuilt.

Lead supports the clean energy transition as a component of wind generation and increases solar panel longevity, according to the World Bank. Most importantly, it allows for easier recovery of other vital metals when recycling electronic waste.