India Wants Lithium Mining Opened in Quest for Batteries

India wanted lawmakers’ approval to change laws allowing private miners to extract lithium as part of India’s move to be more self-sufficient in green technologies. 

According to reports, government officials seek the approval of lawmakers to amend existing policies on eight prohibited minerals for private production, including lithium, the key ingredient for batteries used for electric vehicles and energy storage. 

Reports said the changes would allow the government to auction permits and exploit lithium reserves. 

Reports also said officials claimed the changes would reduce India’s dependence on some mineral imports and put the country in a better position to compete in the lucrative battery supply chain.  

The mines ministry said government agencies discovered a small lithium resource at a site in southern Karnataka state, but it is not enough to produce lithium at a huge scale and reduce reliance on imports. 

Currently, China is the world’s largest refiner, followed by Australia and Chile.  

Earlier, India pledged to build 500 gigawatts of clean power capacity by 2030, to be carbon neutral by 2070, and capture opportunities from the global transition to cleaner energy.  

Reports also said India wanted to add local manufacturing of zero-emissions technologies. 

Meanwhile, reports said India is scouting for lithium and cobalt assets overseas and formed three state companies to buy mines abroad. 

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