Swiss Resources Forum 2016

Swiss Resources Forum 2016

This is an analysis of the first Swiss Resources Forum (rf-ch), held on 1st December 2016 in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The Swiss Resources Forum was created to establish an active interaction and communication about the sustainable use of resources, in particular of raw materials, between decision-makers in politics and business, actors from the research sector as well as civil society representatives in Switzerland. The conference focused on the following raw materials categories: ores, industrial and construction materials.

The rf-ch 2016 was able to provide multiple entry points tackling the challenges on the pathway to a resource revolution in Switzerland. Firstly, a change in our values is needed in order to create a raw-materials efficient economy. Switzerland can follow international objectives, as for example the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Secondly, our current economic system is heavily dependent on the supply of critical raw materials. Therefore, besides efficiency and diversification strategies for the use of these resources, efforts for more sufficiency may be needed. Finally, the different stakeholders need to get together in order to find common solutions for contributing to the resource revolution.


Additional information


World Resources Forum


Built Environment, Resource efficiency



Publication Type

WRF Conference Report