Final SUPRIM Conference – How better to account for your primary raw materials in your LCA

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00
Brussels, Belgium

SUPRIM stands for SUstainable management of PRIMary raw materials through a better approach in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. It is a 3 years EIT Raw Materials Project that will offer solutions and services to address impacts of resource use in sustainability assessments in the raw materials sector.

Sustainable management of raw materials through the product life cycles and the various value chains is now more than ever on the European agenda. This is largely due to misunderstandings about scarcity of metal and mineral resources within and outside of Europe.

Industries as well as academia are continuously trying to improve the methodology to assess the sustainability of products and their use of the materials they are made of. 

One of the ways to assess this has been life cycle analysis and assessment. Not only should it allow assessing inputs and outputs in a transparent and scientific way, but it should allow communicating the results in a reasonably comprehensible way. 

Natural resource availability, accessibility, exploration and extraction are starting concepts in this life cycle approach and are therefore key elements which need to be adequately understood and reflected in the overall analysis. This project is about enhancing the existing methodology and ensuring exactly that.

Final SUPRIM Conference 'How better to account for your primary raw materials in your LCA' will take place on 22nd October 2019. The final conference will focus on SUPRIM project key findings. The afternoon session will provide different perspectives from the policy makers, international scientific community and the industry.

Key speakers:
Prof. Dr. ir. Jo Dewulf, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology (Ghent University, Belgium)
Dr. ir. Jeroen Guinée, associate professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) (Leiden University in The Netherlands)