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WS 4: Strategic Raw Materials and Sustainable Development

Workshop Organisers: ESM FoundationEIT Raw Materials and UNECE
Workshop Chairs:  Roland Gauß  (EIT Raw Materials),  Harikrishnan Tulsidas (UNECE) and Alessandra Hool (ESM Foundation)
Date and time: Tuesday 24, 11h00 – 13h00 / 16h30 – 18h30
Room: 5


The successful achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the Paris Agreement require new technologies and a paradigm shift in the use of raw materials towards a circular and sustainable future. Strategic Raw Materials are indispensable for a sustainable world-wide access to energy, information, and new forms of mobility. Considering a variety of global and regional factors, however, these materials can bear a high supply risk.

According to the Brundtland report, Sustainable Development is a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are made consistent with future as well as present needs. Where material supply risks exist or availability may be accompanied by environmental and other impact, future supply and demand strategies of these materials have to be thoroughly considered.

In order to provide a sound basis for these considerations, a transparent assessment of resources – including also the impact of breakthrough technologies and their socio-economic implications – is critical for assuring the materials availability for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals in the long-term. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is an internationally applicable scheme for the classification and reporting of energy and mineral resources. UNFC classifies resources in three dimensions: knowledge and uncertainty about the resource, technical feasibility to attain them, and socio-economic viability. Current efforts such as the COST Action MINEA aim at integrating anthropogenic resources into Resource Classification Frameworks. Such undertakings are of fundamental importance to estimate global and regional recycling potentials in order to keep materials in the economic cycle and thus ensuring sustainable availability of Strategic Raw Materials.

The session at WRF 2017 will cover crucial aspects of Strategic Raw Materials management, their integration into classification frameworks, their potential for a circular economy, and their role in Sustainable Development. Speakers include experts in criticality assessment, resource classification, resource recovery, and sustainable management of Strategic Raw Materials.


The workshops aims at presenting talks from speakers with a variety of backgrounds in academia, industry, governance, and international science and policy cooperation. Talks should ideally target the intersection of criticality, resource classification schemes and sustainable development goals, discuss ideas to bring together these topics, or present ongoing activities in the field.


Part 1: October 24, morning

11:00Welcome & Introduction 
11:10Required technologies and raw materials to meet Sustainable Development Goals: UNFC as a tool for resource progressionJulian Hilton, Chair, UNFC Sustainable Development Goals Delivery Working GroupHari Tulsidas, UNECE
11:30Future global needs for Critical Raw Materials and their relation to SDGLuis Tercero, ESM, Switzerland / Fraunhofer ISI, GermanyHari Tulsidas, UNECE
11:50Case: Critical raw material/ energy projects – Facing the future challengesMichael Haschke, DMT and Chair, UNFC Mineral Working GroupHari Tulsidas, UNECE
12:10Summary of key messages Hari Tulsidas, UNECE
12:20Materials’ supply chain bottlenecks towards the EU energy transitionEsthatios Peteves, Joint Research Center, European CommissionRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
12:40Classifying Anthropogenic resources and managing secondary raw materialsSoraya Heuss-Assbichler, University of Munich and Chair UNFC Anthropogenic Resources Working GroupRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
13:00End of morning session

Part 2: October 24, afternoon

16:30Summary of the G-STIC session on Circular Economy and SDGs via live-streamKaren Hanghøj, CEO EIT Raw MaterialsRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
16:40Assessing Critical Raw Materials Resource EfficiencyAlexandra Pehlken, University of OldenburgRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
17:00Cobalt: future demand and actions for sustainable sourcingChristian Hagelüken, ESM/UmicoreRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
17:20UNFC as a tool for the sustainable management of CRM resourcesErika Ingvald, Geological Survey of SwedenRoland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
17:40Summary of key messages  Roland Gauß, EIT Raw Materials
17:50Panel discussion: identification of future needs for action


See list of invited speakers below (*)Alessandra Hool, ESM Foundation
18:20Wrap-up and conclusionsOrganizers 
18:30End of the workshop


· Kerstin Brinnen, Swedish Association of Mines, Mineral and Metal Producers (Svemin)

· Constantin Ciupagea, Joint Research Center, European Commission

· Christian Hagelüken, ESM Foundation / Umicore

· Soraya Heuss-Assbichler, University of Munich and Chair UNFC Anthropogenic Resources Working Group

· Julian Hilton, Chair, UNFC Sustainable Development Goals Delivery Working Group

· Erika Ingvald, Geological Survey of Sweden

· Keisuke Nansai, NIES, Japan

· Luis Tercero, ESM Foundation/ Fraunhofer ISI

· Alexandra Pehlken, University of Oldenburg

· Hans-Jürgen Wachter, Heraeus

· Steven Young, University of Waterloo, Canada

· Armin Reller, ESM Foundation / University of Augsburg

· Vitor Correia, President, European Federation of Geologists