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Rare earths are widely considered as critical metals, which various green technologies heavily depend on. How to scale rare earth industry for our sustainable future? At present, there is no single environmental footprint representing the rare earth sector. Thus, when the industry and its consumers wish to market themselves as environmentally friendly, they face a confusing range of choices and methods for environmental evaluation. The Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA) proposed their state-of-the-art method as a common way of measuring the environmental performance of rare earths demonstrated at its first life cycle assessment workshop hosted at Brussels.

The REIA second life cycle assessment workshop is scheduled for 12 May 2020 in Brussels. REIA will launch its global first life cycle environmental footprint, and also invite experts for their valuable experience and insights for sustainable policies and practice toward a green rare earth industry.

Please join us for a training workshop featuring leading researchers from around the world sharing their insights into these increasingly significant issues for modelling REEs in Life Cycle Assessment.


Learn how LCA for REEs is conducted and how these can be applied for eco-design of products, based on real examples.


Master and PhD students, Consultants and Companies

Register by email at info@global-reia.org. The maximum number of attendees is 25, and all participants are requested to bring their own laptop.

Event agenda:

Workshop Session

Time Content Presenter
08:30-09:00 Participants arrive – coffee/networking
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Inauguration Michel Vanavermaete

EIT RawMaterials

9:00-9:15 REIA efforts for sustainable REEs Nabeel Mancheri

Secretary-General, REIA

9:15-9:45 Keynote: Why LCA matters Jeroen Guinee

Leiden University, Netherlands

9:45-10:15 Understanding basic LCA methodology Gwendolyn Bailey

UMICORE, Belgium

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:15 Building an LCA flow sheet for REEs Anne-Marie SYLVESTRE

Lynas Corporation, Malaysia

11:15-11:45 Integrating product & process information into LCAs via manufacturing process models Devarajan Ramanujan

Arhus University, Denmark

11:45-12:15 Applying LCA in the development stage of rare earth projects Robert Pell

Minviro, U. K

12:15-13:00 Lunch

Training Session

Time Content Presenter
13:00-13:40 Sharing environmental burdens among co-produced REEs: allocation needs and best practices Dieuwertje Schrijvers

University de Bordeaux, France

13:40-14:30 Prospective LCA and scenario modelling in LCA Bernhard Steubing

Leiden University, Netherlands

14:30-14:40 Coffee Break
14:40-15:40 Practice and progress of REE environmental governance in China Ying Ma

Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earth, China

15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Uncertainty in life cycle inventory modelling Antoine Beylot

BRGM, France

16:30-17:00 Wrap Up and Q&A