The IRTC project, coordinated by ESM Foundation, has published a joint scientific paper by leading international experts on the determination of material criticality. The paper reviews existing criticality assessment methods with the aim of analyzing them, detecting common flaws and suggesting best practices. The consortium currently conducts research on how criticality can be mitigated using circular economy inspired measures, preparing another joint scientific paper. The IRTC project will now enter its second phase “IRTC-Business”, with the long-term goal to develop guidance for companies concerning their exposure to criticality and suitable mitigation measures.
The EIT Raw Materials Week, edition 2019, was a memorable event where scientific experts, industry leaders and policymakers gathered to discuss raw materials and their crucial role for the future – especially given the challenges that come with the necessary green energy transition. Watch this video to get an impression of last year’s EIT Raw Materials Week – the next one will take place in November 2020.
Armin Reller, who has been professor for resources strategies at the University of Augsburg and ESM Board Member (since 2012), has received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of Germany), the most important decoration awarded by the country. The Bavarian environment minister, Thorsten Glauber, praised Reller at the ceremony as someone who thinks out of the box, has a visionary look into the future and goes new ways. As one of the first scientists of Germany, Glauber says, Reller recognized we need innovative approaches for a sustainable management of our finite resources. He did path-breaking research work. Armin Reller has been engaged for the environment and resources for a long time […]
On 22 October, EIT Raw Materials and the International Raw Materials Observatory will co-organise an “Executive Short Course on Resources Management using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources”. This one-day course on the UNFC is designed for senior policymakers and industry leaders from the public and private sector and will be held at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide the know-how and insights required to work towards better management and governance of oil, gas, mineral and anthropogenic resources and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the end of the course, the participants will be able […]
The TecDay is a special occasion on which Swiss high school students can get in touch with experts in various scientific areas, have fun and hopefully also get interested in starting a career in science. They can choose among a multitude of modules in which experts will present a scientific topic in a way students can relate with, counteracting the belief that science is dry or something without everyday relevance. The next TecDays will take place in Sursee, Glarus, Neuchâtel and Locarno. The modul presented by ESM Foundation at the TecDay in Sursee will be “Rare Metals: Resources for the Future”, where students will learn about the importance of Critical […]