18/11 - EUMICON Dinner Debate, European Parliament
EUMICON is a platform for strategic discussion processes. The platform links public institutions, interest groups, the mineral resources industry, as well as R&D.
In order to deepen our relationship with decision makers and widen the scope of our audience, EUMICON is hosting its annual dinner debate within the framework of the Raw Materials Week.
This high-profile invite-only event in the European Parliament will provide an opportunity to understand the specific challenges Europe’s raw materials and metals industries are faced with as well as to exchange views with participants from politics, EU institutions, industry, NGOs and science.
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21/11 - Sustainability assessment workshop – How can we determine the (beneficial?) impact of innovative technologies to recover resources?
To reduce the import dependency of the European Union for raw materials, industrial by-products and residual streams are increasingly looked at as low grade resources. Indeed, many materials such as metallurgical slags, incineration ashes or mine tailings contain significant amounts of metals that are currently not valorized, but landfilled. To recover these metals, existing flowsheets must be adapted or in some cases completely new technologies are developed. From a sustainability standpoint, such new flowsheets must be not only economically viable but also beneficial for the environment and society as a whole. But how can we determine the impact of resource recovery versus landfilling for such new technologies, where data is typically only available at laboratory (or best case pilot) scale? Is it possible to upscale research data? And how much effort is acceptable before resource recovery becomes worse than (well-managed) landfilling?
A broad cluster of EU H2020 project aims to discuss these questions starting from the experiences gained in projects such as METGROW+, CHROMIC and NEMO. Bottlenecks and ways to overcome them are presented, followed by an interactive debate aiming to formulate policy recommendations. We close the day with a networking cocktail.
Satellite event, 21 November 2019 – 14h-17h (+ networking cocktail) @Le Plaza Hotel (Brussels)
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22/11 - Sustainability from a Service Perspective Workshop
This workshop, organised by University of Louvain and University of Lisbon, emphasises the added value of considering resource use from a service perspective where efficiency is evaluated relative to the meeting of physical aspects of wellbeing. In particular, we invite the attendees to consider the role that accumulation, and not just consumption, plays in supporting socioeconomic development. The workshop offers various opportunities for attendees to re-consider the function of materials. They will be invited to re-envision sustainable development and reflect critically on whether we are in fact a consumerist society and if the metrics we use to gauge environmental performance are fit for this purpose. We will discuss how policymakers, industry leaders, academics and students can, upon considering a service perspective, re-design regional, national and international policies to meet the material-based needs of individuals and communities without going beyond environmental limits.
The purpose of the workshop is to:
- Raise awareness of the need to consider materials and a service perspective.
- Provide opportunities for policymakers, industry leaders, academics and students to get comfortable with the energy and material service concept.
- Take initial steps into integrating material services into policy discussions.
Register here (limited spaces!): http://bit.ly/36p7ap9
22/11 - Circular Economy Incentives Workshop
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is currently carrying out the EIT Raw Materials funded project Policy Instruments and Incentives for Circular Economy (POLICE). The project is about identification and description of different incentives and policy instruments that promote and boost Circular Economy (CE). The implementation ways of the incentives are described and an in-depth evaluation of the efficiency of positive and negative incentives and policy instruments will be conducted. An important activity of the project is Circular Economy Incentives Workshop.
The purpose of the workshop is to:
- Inform interested stakeholders about incentives in the area of circular economy and allow for sharing of concrete examples;
- Review and discuss the incentive analysis results;
- Discuss the analysis with a view to identifying the ways forward in implementing incentives to boost circular economy.
The University of Queensland in partnership with a range of institutions is convening a consultation workshop on the establishment of a Global Research Consortium on Tailings, which will bring together the world’s leading thinkers in tailings and mine waste management: researchers, practitioners, industry professionals, regulators, civil society and community representatives.
The proposition of the Research Consortium is that with renewed, coordinated and dedicated action, a network of global collaborators will extract new value from existing knowledge and prioritise research to support evidence-based policy-making and practice in tailings management.
The purpose of the workshop is to solicit feedback on the proposed Global Research Consortium on Tailings and to use this feedback to develop a prospectus for further discussion and support. Already 25 of the world’s leading tailings research groups have expressed interest in joining the consortium.
The consultation workshop will be held in Brussels as part of EU Raw Materials Week. The Brussels workshop will be the fifth in the series workshops.More information: https://smi.uq.edu.au/Tailings-Consortium
Register here: https://bit.ly/34iQ4Hh
22/11 - Final event of the ORAMA project - Next steps in improving European RM data
The lack of harmonised raw material data and the presence of data gaps is a serious issue for the formulation of European raw materials strategies, which are vital for underpinning for European industries, jobs and growth. The H2020 funded ORAMA project (Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials data collection across Europe, https://orama-h2020.eu) has evaluated the current status of both primary and secondary raw material data gathering and management in the EU. ORAMA’s final event, organised as part of the RMW 2019, will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the project’s key results and recommendations for future work.
Join us to learn how the current primary and secondary raw material data collection practices can be improve to make data more interoperable across the EU and what demonstrable benefits will be achieved by implementing the project’s recommendations. The project is important to those involved in sourcing raw materials and will enable a better understanding of their availability, location and, importantly, will allow direct comparison of primary and secondary raw material sources, facilitating the identification of business opportunities relating to the substitution of primary raw materials with secondary.
22/11 - Public Acceptance and Social Impact of Mining and Minerals Recycling
The ever more urgent transition to a low-carbon economy requires a large amount of Critical Raw Materials (CRM), such as the rare earths neodymium and dysprosium, as well as lithium and cobalt. Recycling efficiencies are low and insufficient to cover the current demand, thus primary mining is required to support this transition. However, mining activities are often confronted with a negative reputation in society. Resistance to mining varies from raising valid environmental concerns to outright ‘Nimby-ism’ (Not In My Back Yard). In any case, lack of social acceptance can hinder the development and implementation of any mining or recycling activity.
A broad cluster of EU H2020 project aims to discuss different viewpoints on social acceptance from industry players, governments, NGOs, local citizens, academia and international institutions. After the introductory remarks by a representative from EASME, one speaker per sector society will present one key recommendation for the European Commission to consider when dealing with public acceptance and the social impact of mining and minerals recycling. An interactive debate will allow for further alignment of these recommendations. The event ends with a networking cocktail to close the Raw Materials Week 2019.
Satellite event, 22 November 2019 – 14h-17h (+ networking cocktail) @Le Plaza Hotel (Brussels)
22/11 - MinLand Final Conference
Meet the MinLand project in Brussels on November 22nd for the MinLand Final Conference. Registrations are open by email to Ronald.Arvidsson@sgu.se. The meeting focus at strategic solutions to land use and related mineral policy issues in order to allow exploration and extraction of mineral raw materials throughout Europe.
Registrations by email to Ronald.Arvidsson@sgu.se