Strong mining techniques are crucial to strong supply chains. Prudent solutions to make better mines and better processing facilities will be an integral part of the solution's aim to increase strategic element supply. Sometimes, existing refinement methods can be optimized to offer higher recovery rates. Material-intensive techniques can also be altered, allowing for minimized extraneous costs. Refinement processes involving new chemical processes can streamline production of minerals.
Environmentally-friendly mining is also a key part of improving technology. Environmental standards can be enforced to reduce impact in local environments of exporting nations. The drive to reduce industrial waste and pollution of during REE production is already happening in China. This part of the solution seeks to improve specifically REE mining technologies by strengthening refinement techniques and reducing their environmental impact.