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Road to ruin: challenging the sustainability of nickel-based production for electric vehicle batteries

Economic development Electric vehicles Environmental impacts Labour rights Mining Indonesia

Examining the value chain production of nickel in the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), this study highlights various compromises experienced when electric vehicle production is presented both as a climate solution and a driver for economic development. 

The findings revealed how the local environment of Morowali and the residents ultimately stand at the losing end of this industrial development amid the consequences of resource extraction. Labour tensions in the park have also been documented and paint an ironic picture of overworked, low-wage workers deterred from protesting booming businesses.

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