They maintain that it is an unsustainable initiative over time due to the scarce lithium reserves and that “the currency to be delivered is Cáceres or the Dehesa de las Navas”
Gigafactory in Navalmoral in exchange for the extraction of lithium from Cáceres and Cañaveral. This is what Ecologists in Action points out, which today has shown its rejection of the project of the Chinese group Envision, which leads the Navalmoral de la Mata battery project for electric vehicles, although the company has already denied this week that there is any relationship between the mega-plant and the Valdeflores lithium mine promoted in Cáceres Extremadura by New Energies (ENE), a subsidiary of Infinity Lihium.
Environmentalists argue that “it is an unsustainable initiative over time, given the scarce reserves of lithium that would not be enough to replace the current mobile fleet of vehicles powered by fossil fuels” and believe that public investment should be invested in public transport, the railway and the development of productions that are sustainable over time “compared to the exploitation of resources as limited as lithium, which also have a high environmental and social impact,” they maintain.
In a press release, environmentalists are very critical of the extraction of minerals such as lithium or cobalt “which are intended to be exploited to try to maintain infinite economic growth on a finite planet,” they point out.
The organization recalls that fifty years ago, in 1972, a report was issued with the conclusions of the report on the limits of growth and pointed out that “if the increase in the world population, industrialization, pollution, food production and exploitation of natural resources remained unchanged, the absolute limits of growth on Earth would be reached for the next hundred years.
It’s not free
For Ecologists in Action of Extremadura, the projected gigafactory of Navalmoral has been born to replace employment at the Almaraz plant without a sustainable base over time and through a polygon originated with public money, but insists that “it does not arrive for free neither in Extremadura nor to the planet”. Environmentalists are clear that “the currency to deliver is Cáceres or the Dehesa de las Navas and that is not the way to go to update an economy taking into account the limits of growth,” they criticize.
The environmental organization recalls that it has recently awarded the Attila prizes to Guillermo Fernández Vara and Olga García “for selling Extremadura to the highest bidder, in fact they said yes from the beginning to the lithium mining projects in the province of Cáceres.”
The ecologists also point out the peculiarities of the two places where lithium has been located in Extremadura and believe that the “two impressive open pit mines would relentlessly devastate two places of great cultural and natural value: the well-known capital of Cáceres, heritage of Humanity and a thousand-year-old meadow in one of the most valuable places in the region for its habitat, its protected species and its Calerizo and Galisteo aquifers».
opposition from neighbors
The organization has highlighted that in the two lithium deposits it has been the opposition of the neighbors that has caused that “in the end mining projects are presented with an underground phase that is a little less harmful than the open-pit phase, but there is still a lot stretch so that it can be said that the Cañaveral or Cáceres projects, very subject to the propaganda of the mining companies that are listed on the stock market, are truly sustainable and free of effects on the environment and the hydraulic public domain, ”they indicate.
To finish, Ecologists in Action denounces that although the province of Cáceres is one of the best preserved in Spain «it should not be a reason to seriously damage it through megaprojects under the eternal and false excuse of economic development», they persist.
The environmentalists give alternatives and believe that these large industrial spaces executed with public money «should be to produce basic goods for the region, in order to avoid the great distances that a consumer good travels, in this way employment would be generated at the same time as Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, in the region hardly any textiles, tools, or everyday utensils are produced, nor are the insulators so necessary to reduce energy losses in homes”, they reason.
To end the statement, Ecologists in Action denounces that “it is much easier to sell Extremadura and its resources to large foreign capital in exchange for a few crumbs” than to bet on sustainable and social production that SMEs and cooperatives could produce in these industrial spaces ” , end.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.