3RD EU Critical Raw Materials Event
18 November 2019
The Critical Raw Materials (CRM) event offers an opportunity to a variety of stakeholders to get a fresh update about the latest EU activities in the field of Critical Raw Materials. The event is co-organised by the European Commission, the Horizon 2020 project SCRREEN – expert network on CRMs – and the EIT RawMaterials project IRTC – International Round Table on Materials Criticality.
|Registration and networking coffee|
|Welcome and Opening Remarks – Mr Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, EC
Keynote – Mr Nedal T. Nassar, USGS, Chief of Materials Flow Analysis Section
|Networking coffee break|
|Session I: Criticality and market perspectives – Chaired by Mr Peter Handley, Head of Unit, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, DG GROW, EC
Session I introduces concepts of criticality determination and industry approaches towards reducing market and other supply risks. There are plenty of methodologies to assess criticality available, but the individual characteristics of industries’ raw material dependencies shape their specific vulnerabilities and might determine different suitable mitigation measures. The session will discuss the needs of companies to be informed about their individual risks and ways towards addressing these.
Mr Luis Tercero, Fraunhofer ISI: How to determine material criticality
|Session II: Panel discussion: How can we reduce criticality? – Chaired by Patrice Christmann, FR
The panel discussion follows up on the topics of session I and will present approaches on criticality from a variety of perspectives. Methodologies and their goals and scopes will be discussed, with an emphasis on mitigation options: what are the paths towards reducing criticality for different countries and stakeholders?
Panellists: Mr Kotaro Shimizu, JP; Ms Irina Oswald, Apple; Mr Rod Eggert, US CMI
|Buffet networking lunch|
|Session III: Technology opportunities for CRM mining, recycling, substitution – Chaired by Mr Stéphane Bourg, SCRREEN Coordinator
This session presents the most promising research fields to improve the supply of CRM in Europe. The two main options are (1) to improve the production by a diversification of the resources and (ii) a reduction of the dependence to a resource through substitution.
Mr Simon Michaux, GTK, Main innovation pathways for primary CRM production in Europe
|Networking coffee break|
|Session IV: Steps towards a circular economy – Chaired by Ms Alessandra Hool, IRTC Coordinator
In this session, we discuss the potential of secondary sourcing and increased circularity of critical raw materials. CRMs are often disregarded in circularity approaches that focus on mass balance and current economic value of raw materials. Thus, characterizing the urban mining potential and improving standards and regulations is of importance. The session ends with an outlook towards global governance that supports the transition towards a circular economy, which includes CRMs.
Mr Otmar Deubzer: Upgrading regulations and standards to enable recycling of CRM from WEEE