The ESM congratulates the two teams who won in the SusCritMOOC business idea competition. At the end of our co-developed MOOC, the participants could submit a business idea proposal that would make critical raw materials management more sustainable. Both teams won 500€ price money together with an 1 hour consultation hour that was held this week on zoom. These sessions were held to help them progress with their projects and connect with experts in their field. More information about this initiative and the MOOC can be found on the suscritmat website: www.suscritmat.eu
At the European Commission’s Raw Materials Week 2021, IRTC-Business held a workshop on “How companies improve critical raw materials circularity”. The workshop aimed at showing good practice examples of business strategies that enable a more circular use of critical raw materials. The examples ranged from the recycling of hard disk drives, chemical catalysts and solar panels to repairable consumer electronics and circular business models for turbine blades and traction batteries. Furthermore, ongoing and upcoming relevance of the topic for sectors such as telecommunication, finance and data science were presented and discussed. Speakers included representatives from Hitachi Group, Umicore, Rolls Royce, First Solar, Fairphone, Carester, KPN and KPMG, as well as […]
On August 20th, ESM celebrated its 70th anniversary in Morges on Lake Geneva. The board of trustees, employees, former board members and invited guests met to review the past 70 years. The celebration included lectures and discussions about the past, but also current topics of the foundation and was rounded off with a joint aperitif and dinner. The short report in German with some impressions of the event can be read here.