The ever more urgent transition to a low-carbon economy requires a large amount of Critical Raw Materials (CRM), such as the rare earths neodymium and dysprosium, as well as lithium and cobalt. Recycling efficiencies are still low and insufficient to cover the current demand, thus primary mining is required to support this transition. However, the mining industry is often confronted with a negative reputation in society. Resistance to mining varies from raising valid environmental concerns to outright ‘Nimby-ism’ (Not In My Back Yard). In any case, lack of social acceptance can hinder the development and implementation of any mining or recycling activity.
The EU H2020 projects NEMO, CROCODILE and TARANTULA, in collaboration with the SecREEts and CHROMIC projects take on this challenge. This broad cluster of EU H2020 project aims to discuss different viewpoints on social acceptance from industry, governments, NGOs, local citizens, academia and international institutions. Each speaker will present one key recommendation for the European Commission to consider when dealing with public acceptance and social impact of mining and minerals recycling. An interactive debate will allow for further alignment of these recommendations. Registrations are now open.
The tentative programme is as follows:
|14:00||Welcome and introduction|
|14:05||Introductory remarks by Marcin SADOWSKI / Veronique WOULE-EBONGUE (EC – EASME)|
Perspectives on social acceptance (10’ pp):
|15:45||Panel debate: aligning policy recommendations|
(The programme will be further updated and finalized shortly)
Details about the event:
- Date: 22 November 2019, 14h-17h ( cocktail till 18h)
- Venue: Le Plaza Hotel (Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126; 1000 Brussels, Belgique) (= the same venue of the Raw Materials Week)
- Limited spots available!
=> Register here: https://kuleuven.sim2.be/rawmaterialsweek2019/
The NEMO, CROCODILE, TARANTULA, CHROMIC and SecREEts projects have received funding from the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement No 776846 (NEMO – https://h2020-nemo.eu/), GA No 776473 (CROCODILE – https://h2020-crocodile.eu/), GA No 821159 (TARANTULA – https://h2020-tarantula.eu/), GA No 730471 (CHROMIC – www.chromic.eu), and GA No 776559 (SecREEts).