According to the latest statement of the Russian Sputnik News Agency, quoted the latest statement of European Commission President von der Leyen, on February 23, local time, von der Leyen said in a video conference that in order to promote technological development, the European Union It is necessary to get rid of excessive dependence on foreign imports, and mainly mention China, which dominates rare earth supply.
According to the report, von der Leyen made the above remarks in this year’s video speech to commemorate EU Industry Day. Von der Leyen said: “At present, green and digital technology are more dependent on some scarce raw materials.
For the development of electric vehicles, we import lithium; for the production of pure hydrogen. We import rickets; for solar panels, we import silicon metal. 98% of the rare earths we need come from a supplier country – China – which is unsustainable.”
Von der Leyen also mentioned that the European Raw Materials Alliance, established at the end of 2020, was established to reduce the EU’s dependence on imports and circulate key materials among member states.
According to the report, rare earths are produced in some parts of China, the United States and Myanmar, and other countries also have trace production.
China’s rare earth supply accounts for more than two-thirds of the world’s rare earth supply.
From microchips to speakers to X-ray imaging technology, rare earths play a vital role.