Electric cars deforest and increase carbon emissions in Indonesia

“Our concern is based on study findings proving that the nickel industry and its supply chain have caused large-scale environmental damage, marginalized Indigenous peoples and violated the law.” This is the statement that the Indonesian environmental NGO Walhi sent to Tesla and forwarded to the Indonesian weekly Tempoearly August.

The Indonesian government has indeed announced that the company owned by Elon Musk wishes to invest on the island of Java in the extraction of nickel, a mineral which allows the storage of energy in the electric batteries, on which its cars depend.

Indonesia’s highly strategic deposit

This mineral seems to carry the future of the automotive industry, according to the International Energy Agency. “In the scenario of net zero carbon emissions commitments

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