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Review of Future Resource Risks to UK Business-Rare Earths and Metals Workshop, Wednesday 6th October

In conjunction with the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and NAMTEC, the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) would like to invite you to a free workshop to discuss future resource risks faced by UK businesses.


Over the last 6 months Defra’s Sustainable Consumption and Production Programme have been running a research project looking at the resources that pose a high risk to UK business, either now or in the future. AEA has been commissioned by Defra to undertake this project, which is intended as a scoping exercise to inform future work. The initial phase of the project prioritised twelve resources at risk, in no particular order, Aggregates, Timber, Palm Oil, Lead, Copper, Cobalt, Rare Earths, Phosphorus, Fish, Indium, Lithium and Tin.


This workshop will focus on: Lead, Copper, Cobalt, Rare Earths, Indium, Lithium and Tin, although there are other resources stakeholders may wish to highlight during the discussions.


A key aspect of the project is to understand businesses perspectives of potential resource risks and the workshop will allow business representatives to discuss their perceptions of the resource risks they face, where in the supply chain is most affected and also look at possible future trends of that risk.


The half day workshop will start with lunch and include the following areas:

  • An update from Defra giving some Policy background to the work, and highlighting some current activities in this area, both nationally and internationally.
  • An overview of the research results so far Discussion forums to cover the risks facing specific resource use, including:
    • Business agreement and awareness of these risks
    • Future Trends
    • Business opportunities generated by these risks
    • The affects of current and future policy
    • Risk mitigation measures required by business or government

This is your opportunity to highlight the risks as businesses see them and input into the future direction of this important subject.


The event is being held at NAMTEC, Swinden House, Moorgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 3AR from 12.30pm - 5pm. Please contact Sophy Greenhalgh on 0870 190 8202 or email her if you have any questions.

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