In the frame of EU Raw Materials Week 2020, the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) held a series of three short webinars to showcase some of the most prominent ongoing activities and initiatives within the EU raw materials research and innovation community. In the drive for ever more advanced applied research and innovation and higher technology readiness levels required for a move towards climate neutrality, basic research should not be left behind as the foundation for major breakthrough discoveries. These webinars demonstrated the current landscape of raw materials research across the EU and discussed new ideas being developed among core researchers to help a critical industry adapt towards a greener and more environmentally conscious society.

All presentations are available to download in the following webinar descriptions.

Webinar 1: Monday 16th November 2020 | 11:30-13:00 (CET)

Finding sustainability throughout the raw materials value chain

Sustainability is at the heart of many innovations being developed within the raw materials sector, whether it be sustainable sourcing, sustainable supply chains, or more sustainable practices in production and processing. This session heard from a number of projects focussed on sustainability issues within the sector and how industry is implementing changes in response to the European Green Deal.

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Time Title Speaker
11:30 11:35 Welcome address Rafał Szkop (KGHM) – ETP SMR President, Chair
Corina Hebestreit (Euromines) – Moderator
11:35 11:50 KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. towards European Green Deal Radoslaw Żydok
KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
11:50 12:05 Sustainable Management in Extractives – SUMEX Project Michael Tost
Montanuniversität Leoben
12:05 12:20 Traceability for Sustainable Metals and Minerals – TraceMet Project Sebastiaan Stiller
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
12:20 12:35 Processing solutions for Rare Earth Elements Erik Larsen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
12:35 13:00 Panel discussion with speakers and Q&A from audience
13:00 FIN

Webinar 2: Tuesday 17th November 2020 | 15:00-16:30 (CET)

Raw Materials for the Clean Energy Transition

Cleaner and greener energy brings with it an increased demand for critical raw materials and rare earth elements. Where could these be sourced, are there untapped deposits worth investigating within the EU, and how can we help by decarbonising an energy intensive industry? These are some of the questions that were undertaken in this session.

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Time Title Speaker
15:00 15:05 Welcome address Dámaris Fernández (Trinity College Dublin)
Chair & Moderator
15:05 15:20 New Exploration Tools for European Pegmatite Green-Tech Resources feeding the energy transition Wolfgang Reimer
GKZ Freiberg
15:20 15:35 R&I in raw materials circular value chains as per the Commissions´ Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Circular Economy (SRIA) – the H2020 CICERONE project Jean-Francois Renault
PtJ Jülich, Berlin
15:35 15:50 Research into decarbonisation in the magnesia industry: “CarbonUpCycle” Corina Hebestreit
15:50 16:05 Forecasting and Assessing Europe’s Strategic Raw Materials Needs – GeoERA FRAME Project Daniel de Oliveira
16:05 16:30 Panel discussion with speakers and Q&A from audience
16:30 FIN

Webinar 3: Wednesday 18th November 2020 | 11:00-12:30 (CET)

Society and the environment in the raw materials agenda

Many regions across Europe have developed both socially and economically around the mineral resources they possess. This session delves into the challenges being faced by those regions and the solutions for future development, from re-skilling/up-skilling in a rapidly evolving sector, development of new technologies to reduce environmental impacts, to biodiversity protection strategies.

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Time Title Speaker
11:00 11:05 Welcome address Maria Thornhill (NTNU) – Chair
Patrick Wall (ETP SMR) – Moderator
11:05 11:20 Mining and Metallurgy Regions of EU – MIREU Project Kaisa Turunen
GTK – Geological Survey of Finland
11:20 11:35 Real-Time Mineral X-Ray Analysis for Efficient and Sustainable Mining – X-MINE Project Janne Paaso
11:35 11:50 Mining with Nature – the Swedish mining and minerals industry’s roadmap for biodiversity net gain Tove Hägglund
11:50 12:05 SDG’s in mining sector addressing societal and environmental challenges – Policy, deliberation and methods for solving conflicts Aurela Shtiza, IMA Europe
Joanna Kulczycka & Olga Janikowska, MEERI
12:05 12:30 Panel discussion with speakers and Q&A from audience
12:30 FIN

For more information on any of the above sessions or presentations, please contact the ETP SMR Secretariat with the subject ETP SMR Webinars

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