Australia - France Strategic Dialogue on Critical Minerals

Last updated: 11 December 2023

First announced at the inaugural Australia-France Foreign and Defence (2+2) Ministerial Consultations in 2021, France and Australia have established a bilateral Critical Minerals Dialogue aimed at building secure, reliable and sustainable supply chains for critical minerals. In September 2023, on the sidelines of the IEA's Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit, Ministers from both countries signed an agreement to futher the Critical Minerals Dialogue andlaunch a joint study into critical minerals supply chains, identifying the specific needs of both countries in relation to batteries and rare earth magnets which are needed for clean energy technology, as well as high-technology medical and defence applications.
The partnership sets out to advance both countries toward lowering emissions and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The joint study is due to be completed by the end of 2023. 

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