On November 26, 2019, the KU Leuven Academic Council formally recognised SIM² as one of the first “KU Leuven Institutes”. SIM², the “KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals”, wants to contribute to the environmentally friendly production and recycling of metals, minerals and engineered materials. SIM²’s mission statement is fully in line with the ambitions of the European Commission to become climate neutral by 2050 and to avoid replacing Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels with a reliance on non-energy raw materials. Find out more about SIM²’s research activities and its thermodynamically-based view on the Circular Economy in this featured article in Geniaal, the house magazine of the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
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SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to develop, organise and implement problem-driven, science-deep research and future-oriented education, contributing to the environmentally friendly production and recycling of metals, minerals and engineered materials, supporting the transition to a climate-friendly, circular-economy.
SIM² KU Leuven therefore designs, researches and exploits selective and efficient processes for the exploration, extraction, recovery, recycling and refining of (base and critical) metals and minerals, as well as for the upcycling of primary and secondary resources and the re- and demanufacturing of End-of-Life complex metal-containing products.
SIM² KU Leuven assesses and advances the environmental gains and the economic feasibility of the developed flow sheets. In order to support the Social License to Operate for the associated industrial activities, SIM² KU Leuven pro-actively engages with external stakeholders, including civil society groups and local communities. SIM² KU Leuven also assesses the potential health and environmental impacts of (primary) mining activities to support the transition to responsible mining.
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