About: Metals

Circular economy 29-01-2019

Tough new EU recycling rules could be game-changer for packaging

In the coming years, EU citizens are set to see a change in the way they recycle waste at their homes and businesses – and in the way that recycling is measured.
Circular economy 28-01-2019

EU official: ‘Actual recycling could be lower’ with new methodology

When it comes to meeting the EU’s new recycling targets, metals will have a big head start. But EU member states could find it harder to reach future objectives under a new methodology being considered at the European Commission, says Maja Desgrées du Loû.
Circular economy 20-11-2018

EU’s Sefcovic: Real risk that ‘raw materials become the new oil’

Europeans have to be “very vigilant” that today’s dependency on imported oil and gas is not replaced by dependency on lithium, cobalt, copper and other raw materials that industries need for the green transition, Maroš Šefčovič told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Circular economy 16-11-2018

Urban mining: In search of Europe’s valuable waste

Each year Europe wastes millions of tonnes of valuable metals by landfilling or exporting them. How can policy measures increase the recovery of these materials?
Circular economy 14-11-2018

Metals: Friend or foe of the green economy?

The green economy usually brings to mind traditional renewable materials such as wood, biomass, water and earth. Less likely poster children are the big metals that have formed the backbone of the industrial revolution – steel, copper, iron, tin and aluminium.
Circular economy 13-11-2018

Researcher: ‘The greatest bottlenecks can be expected for lithium and cobalt’

As excitement builds about the opportunities of the new green economy, concerns are growing as well. The economic transition will require new grid infrastructure, new distribution models and, perhaps most importantly, more raw materials, says Kornelis Blok.
Circular economy 12-11-2018

Raw power

Vanadium, borate, bismuth, gallium – they may sound like planets from a science fiction movie, but in fact they are some of the most critical elements of the European Union’s economy.  
Circular economy 12-11-2018

Metals in the circular economy

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Metals are essential components in the manufacturing of smart phones, electric car batteries and other green technologies. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at how the EU's circular economy strategy can help secure Europe's supply of critical raw materials in a sustainable way.
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Climate change 02-11-2015

The EU circular economy: why metals matter

The EU Circular Economy needs metals, and metals need the EU Circular Economy. Why? Check out our 2 minute animation to find out.

Aluminium boss: Chinese dumping a ‘slow death’ for European industry

Unfair Chinese aluminium trading is killing the European industry and, if the country is given market economy status by the European Union, it could have a catastrophic impact on EU jobs and production, warns Gerd Götz.
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Without non-ferrous metals, no energy transition!

The video demonstrates how non-ferrous metals contribute to achieve an energy transition – with three case studies.
Trade & Society 18-12-2014

Nickel boss: ‘Economic benefits of CETA outweigh the criticism’

The free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) will provide European companies with long-term access to essential raw materials, Nickel Institute President Tim Aiken says, hoping to create more pro-business EU laws with CETA. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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What do European metal, engineering and technology-based industries need from the EU?

CEEMET President Sakari Tamminen discusses the policy environment European metal, engineering, and technology industries require to stay internationally competitive and profitable in today’s world.   CEEMET Represents metal, engineering and technology employers in 23 countries, with 200,000 member companies directly employing over 13 million people.  
Trade & Society 27-05-2013

Brussels pushes ‘fitness check’ of aluminium sector

The European Commission expects to complete a review by October of ways to help Europe's struggling aluminium industry, looking at policies such as climate change and long-term power contracts.

Metal, steel industries warn EU efficiency laws could force them out of Europe

SPECIAL REPORT / Steelmakers and other metals industries fear that limits the EU is considering imposing on the amount of natural resources they use will push them out of Europe, where environmental regulations are less stringent.
Trade & Society 15-11-2012

Eurometaux chief: No rush job on resource efficiency

SPECIAL REPORT / Metal industries want EU member states to implement legislation on waste, recycling and sustainable development. At the same time, they are concerned about the loss of profits resulting from "rushed" laws that could force them to do business outside Europe, says Oliver Bell.
Trade & Society 14-11-2012

Old airplanes find an afterlife as recycled resource

SPECIAL REPORT / Aircraft makers are increasingly turning to retired airplanes as a source of metals and other materials that can be recycled, possibly to fly again in new generations of aircraft.
Circular economy 13-11-2012

Debate rages over how to measure resource efficiency

SPECIAL REPORT / Industrial and environmental groups are lining up to pressure the European Commission on how best to measure resource efficiency. Businesses have warned that a one-size-fits-all approach will hamper economic growth at a time when Europe strives to emerge from its sovereign debt crisis.
Transport 29-10-2012

Cable theft surge prompts railways to seek EU action

European railway operators are pressing for an EU-wide response to the rising number of cable thefts, with desperate rail companies deploying helicopter patrols and sprinkling infrastructure with artificial DNA to deter crime.

Greenland’s mineral rush ‘could lead to independence’

Courted by multinational companies and foreign heads of state over its rare minerals and potential oil resources, Greenland could win full independence from Denmark and join the European Union as a free state, according to one expert on the Arctic.

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