All in the name of carbon neutrality (The Portugal News)
The government is pro lithium mining while an environmental group is against, however both are citing carbon neutrality as the reason behind their stance.
A study by the environmental association QUERCUS states that if the government moves ahead with its lithium exploration campaign, Portugal “will not be able to comply with carbon neutrality”.
Samuel Infante of QUERCUS said that the report on the impact of CO2 emissions from lithium mining in Portugal, which was presented on 26 August, points out that if the government moves forward with the lithium exploration campaign, “Portugal will not be able to meet carbon neutrality.”
The official who spoke to journalists at Torre, the highest point of Serra da Estrela, on the sidelines of an action organised by a group of citizens and environmental associations against the exploitation of lithium in Portugal, said that, according to the study, Lithium exploitation will “have a very a significant impact on the quality of life” of the populations and on the local development of the regions concerned.