How can a sustainable economy be truly different from a fossil fuel economy, with responsible use of raw materials? Find out during the event ‘Sustainable energy: Mind the mining pit’, which IUCN NL organises on October 6th 2022, together with Pakhuis de Zwijger, SOMO, ActionAid and Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

Header photo: Solar and wind energy (c) Ed Suominen and Mining in Indonesia (c) AlTo

Windmills, solar panels and electric cars require raw materials such as nickel, copper, cobalt, bauxite, manganese and platinum. Raw materials that are currently mainly extracted in Africa, South America and Asia, often with disastrous consequences for people and nature. Because of the green energy transition, the demand for these raw materials continues to increase. How do we ensure that the sustainable energy transition does not lead to the same pitfalls as the fossil fuel economy?

That is the central question on October 6th during ‘Sustainable energy: Mind the mining pit’, an event organised by IUCN NL in cooperation with Pakhuis de Zwijger, ActionAid, SOMO and Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

Practical details

  • Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam.
  • Date: Thursday October 6th, 2022.
  • Time: 08.00 – 09.30 p.m (CEST).
  • Entrance is free of charge.


Daryl Bosu: deputy national director of A Rocha in Ghana. Daryl will elaborate on research performed by A Rocha on the bauxite mining which endangers Accra’s water reserves and the Atewa forest.

Sophie Kwizera: policy advisor at ActionAid Netherlands. Sophie investigates, among other things, the consequences of mining and the extraction of raw materials for the environment and society.

Mark van der Wal: senior ecologist and advisor at IUCN NL. He connects nature conservation and the extractive industry.

Jaybee Garganera: one of the founders and National Coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance to Stop Mining) in the Philippines. He is campaigning against destructive large-scale mining in the Philippines.

David Molenaar: CEO Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

You can register for this event through the official page on the website of Pakhuis de Zwijger:

Learn more?

Maartje Hilterman
Project Leader – Forests for a Just Future

Read more about responsible mineral governance for the energy transition