Sustainability assessment and policy research
General theme: The Research Line investigates the environmental impacts, economic feasibility and Social License to Operate of new flow sheets for the extraction, recovery and/or recycling of metals and/or minerals from low-grade ores, industrial process residues, and End-of-Life consumer goods. Particular attention goes out to the legal, social and economic bottlenecks, while also assessing the opportunities and possible incentives for sustainable (inorganic) materials management. Concurrently, SIM² KU Leuven uses a multi-actor, collaborative approach to obtain and maintain the Social License to Operate for mining and recycling projects. This RL is embedded in and forms the core of the informal cluster “CE@KU Leuven” in which also other CE strategies, such as sharing economy, repair economy, eco-design etc. are studied as well as recovery technologies for biobased and composite materials.