About: Raw materials

Stop the mining rush in protected nature

Last year, the World Bank indicated that production of graphite, lithium and cobalt must increase by more than 450% by 2050 to meet the demand for energy storage technologies. Is the energy transition in danger? Do we have to exploit resources massively in Europe to avoid becoming dependent on imports? Green MEPs have an alternative plan.
Agrifood 04-11-2021

Textile transparency issues will not vanish with upcoming EU’s strategy

The European Commission's plan to guide and support the EU textile industry in emerging from the COVID-19 crisis might fall short when it comes to the traceability of textile raw materials.
Batteries 04-11-2021

Industry anxious about mandatory recycling targets in EU battery law

Requiring companies to use recycled metals in new electric vehicle batteries is necessary to prevent manufacturers from opting for cheaper, freshly mined virgin materials, the EU says. Still, the automotive sector, battery makers and the mining industry are all anxious about the upcoming EU battery regulation.
Batteries 29-10-2021

Mining industry warns against Europe’s drive for raw material ‘autonomy’

Relying solely on raw materials sourced within Europe could incentivise the use of cheaper, non-recyclable batteries, increasing the need to mine virgin materials to power electric vehicles, industry has said.
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Batteries 29-10-2021

Sustainable sourcing of battery raw materials

EV batteries are critical to achieving the EU´s climate change targets. Europe has therefore set itself the ambitious goal of establishing - within a very short time frame - a complete and competitive electric vehicle battery value chain.

Polish copper giant signs deal with US firm for small nuclear reactors

Polish copper giant KGHM on Thursday (23 September) signed a memorandum of understanding with NuScale Power of the United States for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants.
China 16-08-2021

China: The dragon spreads its wings over Afghanistan

China is looking to fill political and security void in the region after the US troops and the West left Afghanistan, for which it had prepared for a long time, writes Jessica Taneja.
Circular economy 13-07-2021

EU, Ukraine sign ‘strategic partnership’ on raw materials

Kyiv will be invited on Tuesday (13 July) to join EU industrial alliances on batteries and raw materials, with a view to develop an entire value chain of the extraction, refining and recycling of minerals in Ukraine to supply the EU market for electric cars and digital equipment.
Energy 21-12-2020

Electricity, heat and lithium: geothermal offers new hope for old mining county

A project in Cornwall, England, is building on the county’s history of tin mining, looking to restore jobs and boost the local economy by developing a new geothermal plant that will produce electricity, heat and, hopefully, lithium.
Circular economy 18-12-2020

Product design policy will be key to circular economy, EU says

As the European Union seeks to transition to a ‘circular economy’, the policy focus in 2021 will turn to products: how they are designed, and why so many seem to be made to throw away.

Energy: A critical raw material in its own right?

Access to affordable energy is a key factor underpinning the competitiveness of European industries. But as the green transition gains momentum, pressure is building to put a higher price signal on energy and CO2 emissions, leaving regulators in a quandary.
Health 26-11-2020

Commission slows down on returning drug manufacturing to Europe

Despite widespread hopes for a quick shift towards 'strategic autonomy', the European Commission has made clear it needs another two years of reflection before coming up with proposals to reduce the risk of shortages caused by over-reliance on third-country medicine production.

Raw materials: the missing link in Europe’s drive for batteries

While Europe is rapidly catching up with China on investments into batteries for electric cars, it is still lagging behind when it comes to securing supplies of the critical raw materials that are needed to produce them.

EU’s Sefcovic: Europe must be ‘much more strategic’ on raw materials

The European Union “cannot achieve” climate neutrality without critical raw materials like lithium and rare earths, says Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič. It now needs to be “much more strategic” in relations with supplier countries in order to ensure the bloc's “strategic autonomy,” he argues.

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The European Commission has launched a fresh attempt at securing access to minerals like lithium and rare earth elements, saying those will be critical to underpin Europe's growth in digital and green industries.
Circular economy 05-10-2020

Europe faces up to China’s supremacy on raw materials

When the flu pandemic hit Europe and disrupted global supply chains this year, the EU came to a sobering realisation – it cannot continue relying solely on imports for raw materials like lithium and rare earths which are critical for the bloc’s digital and green industries.
Circular economy 30-09-2020

New EU alliance aims for ‘strategic autonomy’ on key raw materials

The European Commission launched a new industry alliance on Tuesday (30 September) aimed at strengthening the EU’s “strategic autonomy” on raw materials like rare earths, which are considered key for the bloc’s green and digital transitions.

EU to launch raw materials industry alliance

The European Commission will announce the launch of a new industry alliance this week, with a view to building a complete EU supply chain for raw materials like lithium, which are seen as critical for the bloc’s digital and green transitions.

Businesses launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains

A coalition of businesses including Signify, Glencore and Fairphone have launched a joint initiative to improve the economic, working and social conditions of those working in the cobalt supply chain. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.

Britain to get first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from e-waste

The UK is to get its first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from electronic waste, which will also be the world’s first to use bacteria rather than cyanide-based processes.
Circular economy 04-06-2020

‘Open strategic autonomy’: A vision for Europe’s raw materials future

Europe’s “green recovery” will be based on industrial leadership in the production of computers, batteries, electric vehicles, and wind turbines, writes Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou.
Batteries 07-04-2020

Lithium tipped for EU list of critical raw materials

The soft, silvery-white alkali metal is expected to enter the EU list of critical raw materials later this year because of its strategic importance to the automotive industry, EURACTIV has learned.
Circular economy 04-02-2020

MEPs push for raw materials focus in EU’s new industrial strategy

Foreign competition and access to raw materials top the agenda for steelmakers and other basic industries as they await European Commission plans to accompany the EU Green Deal.
Economy & Jobs 08-01-2020

Europe looks home for new mining opportunities

As EU policymakers worry about global tensions threatening raw material imports, one option could be getting more from their own backyard.