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Substitution of Critical Raw Materials - Importance for European Electronics Industry Workshop

Date: Monday, 6 October 2014 from 12:30 to 17:20,  Location: Grenoble, France Interested in critical raw materials in the ICT or Electronics and Photonics sectors? Then join us...

European Commission unveils new circular economy targets

The European Commision has announced a package of targets to drive progress towards a circular economy in Europe, mainly focussing on recyling.  Specific targets include: member...

Does the move towards a circular economy require more localised manufacturing?

EPSRC and ESRC invite applications for proposals to support networking in challenge themes related to Re - Distributed Manufacturing which has a broad working definition of  ...

Defining 'critical' raw materials

Raw materials are fundamental to Europe’s economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used...

The Draft RAIMS Methodology Report is now published!

Abstract from the report: The increased awareness of material scarcity, and the possible impacts associated in products manufacturing, has increased interest in the development of...

20 critical raw materials - major challenge for EU industry

The European Commission presented today (26 May 2014) a revised list of Critical Raw Materials. The 2014 list includes 13 of the 14 materials identified in the previous list of 2011, with...

Webinar: Endangered Elements: Critical Materials in the Supply Chain

The periodic table of elements is under siege. Modern materials use an ever-increasing number of elements, and some supplies are running short. This is presenting a number of supply chain risks:...

Smart - 2014-15 - Round 2

Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and...

International workshop on the production of metals using natural gas

Place: Trondheim Date: 9 - 10 September 2014 The successful substitution of natural gas for coal and coke in various metal production processes would allow for cleaner, less...

CRM_InnoNet publishes the 6th project newsletter

In this May issue you will find: A last-chance-to-register article about the 2nd Innovation Network Workshop coming up on 14 May in Brussels A short summary of the CRM_InnoNet...

CLEVER: Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery

  You are cordially invited to a half day symposium focused on project CLEVER: Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery follow links for flyer and ...

Workshop - Best practices on mining policies and technologies

DG Enterprise and Industry will organise, as part of the EU Raw Materials Diplomacy Dialogues, a workshop with advanced mining countries on Best practices on mining policies and technologies ....

EPSRC funds research into critical material free transparent conducting oxides

The UCL project will focus on alternatives for transparent conducting oxide materials, used in window coatings, solar power panels, phones and computers, inks and thin films. The...

£2 million for research into new materials for photovoltaic solar cells

A University of Bristol-led research project which aims to develop new active materials for photovoltaic solar cells based on abundant and low cost elements has been awarded £2 million funding...

Engineering economist - call for papers

Special Issue Call for Papers: “Engineering  Economics and Sustainable Systems”   Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the  following; • Investment...

CRM_InnoNet Strategic 2nd Innovation Network Workshop

We are pleased to announce three guest speakers at the upcoming 2nd Innovation Network for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials workshop Brussels May 14th: James Widmer - Newcastle...

Tackling the Shortage of "Endangered" Elements Critical to Modern Technologies

Newswise - ACS Chemistry for Life Newswise — WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 — “Endangered” elements have allowed us to dramatically advance technology and modern life but are at risk of running...

Important changes are taking place to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community

Dear Materials Security SIG member,   This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community...

Materials Security SIG launches new funding page

The Materials Security Special Interest Group has launched a new funding page which details relevant funding for innovation projects related to materials security and the transition to the...

Innovation vouchers in waste, energy and water

An Innovation Voucher provides funding so that your business can work with an external expert for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.  ...
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EU - Latin America dialogue on Raw Materials September 2015: Extension of deadline for registration

As a follow up of the Raw Materials Diplomacy Event organised by the European Commission in March 2014 in Lima, Perú with a number of Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile,...

Progress towards proposed UK Nutrient Platform

Last week KTN participated in a stakeholder workshop to discuss the potential for the formation of a UK Nutrient Platform.  A summary of the event and the presentations are now...

Public Consultation Conference - European Circular Economy Package

The European Commission is hosting a stakholder conference 'Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste' on 25th June in Brussels.  Full details of the invitation...

European Resource Hierarchy

A discussion paper   introducing the idea of a new European Resource Hierarchy has been submitted to Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime...

Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including...

Office for Resource Management bid launched in Parliament

A group of leading organisations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and environmental sectors yesterday launched a paper in Parliament, in conjunction with the All Party Sustainable...

H2020 Call for ideas on Challenge 5 pilots - workshop outcomes

OUTCOMES of H2020 DIALOGUE with EUROPE: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY and RAW MATERIALS 2016/2017 Workprogramme, London 26 th  of January.   A...

Consultation now open for CRM Substitution Roadmaps! - Deadline 27/02/15

CRM_InnoNet Roadmaps for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials The overall aim of CRM_InnoNet is to create an integrated community that will drive innovation in the field of critical raw...

Scottish Institute of Remanufacture Announced

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead recently unveiled plans for a Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, as well as the development of a Scottish Materials Brokerage Service. The Scottish...

WRAP report: Employment and the Circular Economy

A new research study, undertaken jointly by WRAP and the Green Alliance, shows that improving our resource efficiency can make a valuable contribution to improving Britain’s labour market...

The Economics of Rare Earths

A 91 page report on the Economics of Rare Earth produced at the UNU Maastricht in June 2014 has been uploaded into the document library. It, and other information on Rare Earth elements, can be...

The 2015 Circular Economy Awards - Winners Announced

The Circular Economy Awards, or The Circulars, is an annual event recognizing individuals and enterprises from commerce, civil society and academia that have made a notable contribution to...

Resource identify top 50 circular economy twitter influencers

The Resource Event have analysed the twittersphere and determined their views on the top 50 twitter influencers - the #CE50.  Check out the full list here . Resource is the world's...

Resource nationalism

Rapidly expaning global population, growth of the middle class and the unsatiable human appetite for conumption is driving up demand for resources.  Many of these resources are not produced...

Pioneering project develops new process to recycle fuel cell components

A pioneering recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells has been developed in a collaborative project between resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, Johnson...

Resource Efficiency Funding Opportunities Webinar - slides and audio recording now available

There are currently lots of opportunities for funding and support for business-led innovation projects tackling resource efficiency challenges.  The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held a...

Share your ideas on EU Research and Innovation shaping a greener future

The European Commission has recently opened a platform to discuss and share the ideas on eco-innovation, climate change, biodiversity and nature based solutions. » Share your ideas on...

Don't miss inspiring eco-innovation projects

Almost 300 projects have been funded by the Eco-innovation initiative since 2008. Many of them are still running. EASME are showcasing some of them on their website. Every week brings a new...

Horizon2020 call for Ideas - Pilot / demonstration projects on systemic eco-innovation for a circular economy

The European Commission is seeking ideas for the 2016-17 Horizon2020 work programme.  In particular they are seeking ideas for  potential large-scale pilot/demonstration projects on a...

UK Parliament Debate on the Steel Industry

Although there is no direct link with the E-Tech elements the recent debate in the House of Parliament touches on rleated issues, such as energy costs, carbon dioxide emissions and supply chain...

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Materials Security Launch Proceedings Available

The powerpoint presentations from yesterday's official launch of the Materials Security...

The Great Recovery - redesigning the future

A new initiative launched this month by the RSA and the Technology Strategy Board, called ...

Innovation Opportunities in Materials Security - Consultation

The Materials Security Special Interest group has prepared a draft report to...