K4D Emerging Issues report

Material Requirements for Infrastructure Development

Published on 1 October 2017

This literature review aims to identify published studies providing projections of the global demand for, and remaining stock of, materials important for construction that could be constraints to the development of infrastructure worldwide. Our review found very little evidence and few projections addressing this issue. Although a wide variety of materials could potentially constrain infrastructure development, in our research we were only able to identify good quality projections for four materials: aluminium, cement, steel, and wood. Estimates of the energy needs, water requirements and likely carbon emissions of mining and processing these resources are also provided.

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Pham, Son Quang, and Burrow, Michael (2018) Material Requirements for Infrastructure Development. K4D Emerging issues Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies

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