Supply Chain Transparency Initiative

Understanding how the future energy system will impact the global supply chain and associated effects on markets, communities and the environment

Supply Chain Transparency Initiative

Understanding how the future energy system will impact the global supply chain and associated effects on markets, communities and the environment

About the Initiative

The global supply chain continues to grow at an incredible rate, but within that growth, a lack of transparency undermines many industries and consumers as they struggle to understand the effects of the supply chain on the markets, communities and the environment.

Mines Supply Chain Initiative

Initiative Pillars

Partnerships

  • Industry
  • Business
  • Regulators
  • Academia

Education

  • Graduate Curriculum
  • Student Recruitment
  • Professional Development

Learn More

For more information about the Supply Chain Transparency Initiative at Colorado School of Mines, please contact Payne Institute Deputy Directory Gregory Clough.

Material Foundations of the Energy Transition

The Payne Institute works with the Critical Materials Institute, the U.S. government, and policy other stakeholders to better understand the challenges and opportunities related to growing critical mineral demand.

Low-carbon scenarios often have—implicitly or explicitly—high and diverse material needs, depending on what assumptions are made about the nature of future energy systems. As certain technologies become more prominent, it becomes easier to identify what materials will be needed in the near term.

It is important to acknowledge the inherent tensions that exist between building a sustainable future and not managing or understanding the sources and materials with which it is built.

Aerial view of solar panels
Recharging electric vehicle

Critical Minerals

Critical materials are those that are considered essential to economic/national security, or are limited in availability due to geological, geopolitical, or trade security issues. Emerging technologies often use relatively large quantities of critical minerals, and sudden increases in demand may inhibit their use. Solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles are notable examples, and it is imperative to understand the material intensity of the low-carbon future to manage critical material supply.

Illicit Mineral Supply Chains and ASM

Illicit and conflict minerals have plagued the global supply chain for decades. The challenge has grown dramatically in recent years as demand for certain minerals has increased in correspondence with the technological innovation that drives demand.

Alumbrera mine in ArgentinaWorking at all levels of the mineral supply chain, Colorado School of Mines brings a unique perspective to understanding the challenges related to the illicit mining practices and policies.

The Payne Institute works with the Responsible Mining Resilient Communities initiative, multinational mining corporations, and downstream producers, to better understand how illicit mineral supply chains can be managed to benefit local communities and global needs.

ESG and Emissions

Engineers on car assembly lineEnvironmental, social and governance (ESG) principles have therefore become an increasingly important global concern. The Payne Institute for Public Policy has founded the Supply Chain Transparency and ESG Initiative to help navigate materials concerns related to the critical mineral supply chains, the sustainable energy transition, and growing industrialization in developing economies.

Accounting and disclosure of carbon emissions is an increasingly market-driven mechanism due to ESG principles, sustainably sourced materials, and the emergence of regional policy mechanisms to control emissions. These interests put a spotlight on the need to track emissions across entire value chains in order to produce an accurate and transparent carbon footprint for the everyday materials used in cars, homes, electronics, and other goods. However, the lack of carbon accounting methodologies that work across different commodities, and the complexities of global supply chains, make this process difficult and convoluted.

The Payne Institute is working on numerous projects, including its role in Coalition on Materials Emissions Transparency (COMET), to help industry partners, suppliers, downstream producers, investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders in understanding emissions from the Global Supply Chain.

Supply Chain Transparency Researchers

Faculty Researchers

Gregory Clough

Gregory Clough

Rank - Deputy Directory

Department - Payne Institute

H. Sebnem Duzgun

H. Sebnem Duzgun

Rank - Professor and Fred Banfield Distinguished Endowed Chair

Department - Mining Engineering

Tulay Flamand

Tulay Flamand

Rank - Assistant Professor

Department - Economics and Business

Dorit Hammerling

Dorit Hammerling

Rank - Associate Professor

Jordy M. Lee

Jordy M. Lee

Rank - Program Manager

Department - Payne Institute

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Rank - Assistant Professor

Department - Mining Engineering

Student Researchers

Zach Krause

Chiang Cheng Siew

MS, Natural Resources and Energy Policy

Zach Krause

Mark Childers

MS, Natural Resources and Energy Policy

Zach Krause

James Frishkoff

MS, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

Zach Krause

McKenzie Jones

BS, Environmental Engineering

Zach Krause

Zach Krause

MS, Natural Resources and Energy Policy

M. Aamir Shams

Connor Olson

MS, Mineral and Energy Economics

M. Aamir Shams

Tara Pelton

MS, Natural Resources and Energy Policy 

M. Aamir Shams

Cansu Perdeli Demirkan

PhD, Earth Resources Development Engineering

M. Aamir Shams

M. Aamir Shams

MS, Mineral and Energy Economics; MS, Petroleum Economics Management

Caleb Workman

Brian Vockel

MS, Advanced Energy Systems

Caleb Workman

Bryce Walsh

BS, Engineering

Caleb Workman

Caleb Workman

MS, Engineering and Technology Management

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