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[November Thematic Report] Sustainable technology and Environmental Responsibility

by Bruno Troya | 30-11-2023 04:35 recommendations 1

Ecuador's Path to Sustainable Technology: Balancing Extractive Industry and Environmental Responsibility

Navigating the Intersection of Mining, Renewable Energy, and Indigenous Rights

In Ecuador, an exploration of its untapped mineral potential—encompassing gold, copper, antimony, and rare-earth metals—intersects with the global surge in demand for these resources to power renewable technologies. However, questions arise concerning the impacts of resource extraction on local communities and ecosystems, echoing the need to balance economic gain with environmental responsibility.

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President Guillermo Lasso's recalibration of Ecuador's tax policies aims to attract investment in the mining sector, presenting economic growth opportunities. Yet, this push towards extractive industries raises concerns about sustainability and adherence to constitutional principles promoting eco-friendly technologies. Drawing from global examples, particularly the Lithium Triangle of Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia, Ecuador faces a pivotal moment in charting its course toward sustainable technology. Chile's commodification of water and its detrimental effects on local environments, contrasted with Argentina's struggle to regulate lithium extraction under existing mining laws, offer critical lessons.

While Ecuador sees potential economic benefits from the extractive industry, the focus pivots to leverage renewable energy sources and technological advancements within the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The evolving landscape of battery production, emphasizing recycling and reduced reliance on raw material extraction, signals a promising avenue for Ecuador's investment. President Lasso's Executive Decree No. 151 outlines a roadmap for responsible mining aligned with environmental and social considerations. Crucially, this plan integrates indigenous rights and traditional knowledge, acknowledging their role in climate solutions showcased at COP26. Ecuador's pursuit of sustainable technology involves navigating a delicate balance: fostering a robust regulatory framework, enhancing fiscal policies, and prioritizing local stakeholders' interests. This endeavor requires collaborative efforts to transform extractive revenue into value-added activities, remove a historic reliance on commodity exports, and embrace a greener industrial growth plan.

As Ecuador positions itself at the forefront of a green technological revolution, the emphasis shifts towards securing climate finance as an international mechanism. This financial support is pivotal in empowering Ecuador to meet global climate commitments while fostering a sustainable, technology-driven economy.


Delfina Scagliotti and Ryan Arenas  |  January 13, 2022Click to read this article in Spanish Click to read this article in English. (2022, January 13). Green Energy in Ecuador: A powerful mining potential, but at what cost?. Global Americans. https://theglobalamericans.org/2022/01/green-energy-ecuador/


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SangHyeon Park

  • SangHyeon Park says :
    I saw that Ecuador is navigating mining's economic promise, emphasizing sustainability, renewables, and indigenous rights for a balanced future. Great report :)
    Posted 02-12-2023 16:11

Seeun Mentor

  • Seeun Mentor says :
    Hello, this is mentor Seeun.
    I always think balance is the most important in any county.
    We need to find a balance where we can properly survive while also protecting the environment.
    Thank you for your report.
    Posted 01-12-2023 14:19

Melissa Menlah Adu

Bruno Troya

  • Bruno Troya says :
    "Exploring Ecuador's journey to sustainable tech amidst mining growth! How can we help countries balance growth with eco-care? Share ideas for a greener future! Let's talk #SustainableTech and support eco-friendly initiatives.
    Posted 30-11-2023 04:38

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