Towards an integrated sustainable resource management

Towards an integrated sustainable resource management

Organized by ESM Foundation, UNECE and EIT Raw Materials

Date and time: October 23, 8:30-10:00 and 12:00-14:00

Link to the conference theme

  1. Green and circular economy
  2. Sustainable development goals (SDG)
  3. Life cycle thinking and resource efficiency
  4. Sustainable consumption and production
  5. Recycling and waste management

Context and description

The attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement will require increasing amounts of raw materials, amongst others technological metals, to meet bacis global needs such as clean energy, mobility, and free access to information. A secure raw materials supply base is thus one of the basic conditions for sustainable development. At the same time, these raw materials have to be acquired sustainably – otherwise, sustainability achievements will be compromised. Potential bottlenecks must be considered across the entire value chain, addressing raw materials, processing capacities, semi-finished as well as finished products. Mitigation measures to ensure sustainable future supply have to be taken today. Innovative approaches are required to tackle technology and business-related issues in mining, processing and recycling, but also to deal with aspects of social responsibility and ecological impact.

Reliable data and effective policy interventions can only be developed in a defined framework and require the improved collaboration of all involved actors in a systematic and transparent approach. One globally accepted framework for assessing resources on a variety of levels is the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) which is currently broadening its focus towards an integrated Resource Management System. The workshop shall

  1. continue the discussion started at WRF 2017 on critical raw materials and sustainable development,
  2. highlight the future need for raw materials for attaining the SDGs,
  3. present recent developments towards sustainable sourcing and waste reduction,
  4. discuss possible ways forward to use UNFC as a comprehensive standard for sustainable resource management.

Workshop organizers and workshop chairs

Alessandra Hool, ESM Foundation (

Harikrishnan Tulsidas, UNECE (

Roland Gauss, EIT Raw Materials (


Workshop programme: Thursday, October 23

Part 1 (Chairs H. Tulsidas, R. Gauss): 8:30-10:00

  • Material need for sustainable development
  • Presentations of initiatives for sustainable sourcing and integrated resource management

Part 2 (Chairs A. Hool, J. Hilton): 12:00-14:00

  • The United Nations Resource Management System
  • Ways forward: short perspective presentations and panel discussion
  • Wrap-up and further steps