Resource Politics

The production and consumption of fossil, mineral and metallic raw materials not only contributes to climate change and environmental destruction worldwide, it also violates human rights, threatens our health and destroys livelihoods.

Coal mining and the destruction of landscapes continue worldwide, despite all the advanced debateson the urgency of phasing out oil and gas to protect the climate. But to satisfy the growing hunger forraw materials, even risk technologies such as fracking are being promoted. At the same time, the race for mineral and metallic raw materials is soaring, with risky strategies and unforeseeable consequences for humanity and the ecosystems.

To counteract these devastating developments, a resource transition is needed.

Current topics

Frontpage of Böll.Thema Cursed Treasures

Böll.Thema 2/23: Cursed Treasures

Global demand for critical and strategic raw materials is on the rise. These resources are indispensable, particularly for the transition to clean energy, but also within other industry sectors. In this issue of our Böll.Thema magazine, we provide insights into recent developments in resource extraction, the associated challenges, and, most importantly, opportunities for positive change.
Policy Brief: Downstream due diligence Cover

Downstream due diligence

Policy Brief
Together with the Supply Chain Law Initiative, SOMO, Swedwatch and Germanwatch, we show in this short position paper why due diligence in downstream value chains is necessary and how it can be implemented. We also make key recommendations fort he EU supply chain law.

Deep Sea Mining


Verfall und Untergang - Die globale Fracking- und Gasindustrie in der Krise - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Fueling with Fire: Global/Transatlantic Interconnection - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Further contributions

Vaca Muerta Megaproject: A fracking carbon bomb in Patagonia

Argentina’s shale gas and shale oil resources are estimated in second and fourth place globally. Almost all of this potential is concentrated in the Neuquén basin in Northern Patagonia. This paper deals with the great risks to global climate and the impacts on the environment, health and society in the affected communities.