World Resources Forum on Waste Valorization and CRM

The World Resources Forum has published a report about its workshop on Waste Valorization and Critical Raw Materials, which was held at the Symposium on the Availability of Raw Materials from Secondary Sources last month. Over the course of the workshop, experts like WRF Managing Director Bas de Leeuw, Karen Hanghøj from EIT Raw Materials and Rodrigo Chanes from the European Commission stressed the need to take not only technological, but also social and environmental aspects of the extraction chain into account. Even though materials management is key for a sustainable economy, the current economic and legal famework is inadequate for the sustainable use of materials. To change this, the EC is pursuing various policies like the Raw Materials Initiative.