EIT RAW MATERIALS SUMMIT 2019
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The Future of Waste NdFeB Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Role in a Circular Economy
• Successful delivery of the SDG and the implementation of the Paris Agreement and big infrastructure projects require clean technologies relying on metals and minerals in vast quantities (e.g. metals and minerals for low-carbon energy infrastructure, electric vehicles, digitalization, sand for infrastructure).
• Metal substitution and recycling will contribute to sustaining supply, but recent studies (e.g. World Bank, UNEP International resources panel) show that over the next 2-3 decades, the extractive industry will struggle to meet the demand for raw materials.
• At the same time, the extraction of metal and mineral has important impacts on water, land and ecosystems. The extraction, processing and waste disposal often cause air pollution, biodiversity loss and the contamination of groundwater and surface water.
• The topic is now on the top of the international environmental political agenda. Indeed at the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 4, March 2019), the international community recognized the importance of the issue and adopted a resolution on mineral resource governance – submitted by Mexico and co-sponsored by Switzerland - that mandates UNEP to collect sustainable practices, identify knowledge gaps and options for implementation strategies and report to UNEA5 (2021).
• Multistakeholders fora like the Word Resources Forum (Geneva, 22-24 October 2019) are very good opportunities to discuss this subject in prepar
PS6 - Resource Efficiency Cities
Wed Feb 13 2019 16:32:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)