Tue, 2015-03-10 18:43

Pushing boundaries beyond - Circular by 2020?

Dublin, 9th March 2015: Today the International Conference on New Technologies and Policies for Mining and Mining Products ‚ÄúPushing boundaries beyond - Circular by 2020?‚ÄĚ was held at Trinity College Dublin.

The conference focussed on the role of new technologies and policy approaches for a future mining industry in Europe. With Ireland having been a major supplier of raw materials to the EU and its downstream industries in particular in lead and zinc in the past, the country scored highly on the latest Fraser Institutes assessment of investable countries for exploration and mining investments in Europe.

Hosted by the country’s leading university the conference brought together high level representation from the Ministry of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the European Commission, academia and geological surveys as well as  European mineral suppliers and technology providers and sector organisations such as Euromines, European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral resources and IBEC.

Some 100 participants from all over Europe attended this conference which was exploring 

  • the development of alternative energy sources and their future material demands including the ones of so-called critical raw materials,
  • new technologies for the production and use of raw materials,¬†
  • new approaches to address public awareness and social validation of the mining industry
  • strategies and technical and political requirements for achieving a more circular economy with increased reuse and recycling of materials currently in use, as well as¬†
  • strategies and policies around providing raw materials for Europe‚Äôs innovation and reindustrialisation strategy.
  • The European Commission elaborated on the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and the funding programmes and topics available in the future.

Innovation is a powerful vehicle in meeting Europe’s challenges in raw materials. For example, new technologies help to reduce losses, safely extract minerals deeper underground, source the raw materials in more remote areas and under a wider range of conditions. This is also why a European Innovation Partnership on raw materials has been set up by the Commission towards increasing Europe’s own production.

‚ÄúEurope is rich in natural resources. Our future is one where technological advances lead our industry, where regulation compliments growth and is born from a hard-won consensus for a better future.‚ÄĚ highlighted Euromines President Mr. Rachovides in his speech.

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