Race for lithium illustrates EU drive for ‘strategic’ raw materials

By |november 21st, 2018|Africa, batteries, China, cobalt, copper, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, lithium, News, Raw materials|

The European Union is accelerating plans to develop lithium mining and refining capacity on its territory as part of a concerted EU push to develop a strategic value chain for manufacturing batteries for electric cars inside Europe.

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

By |november 20th, 2018|batteries, commodity markets, copper, lithium, Maroš Šefčovič, Metals, News, rare earth metals, Raw materials|

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.

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Urban mining: In search of Europe’s valuable waste

By |november 16th, 2018|circular economy, copper, Metals, mining, News, REACH, Waste and recycling, WEEE directive|

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?

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Closing Europe’s raw materials loop: The case for copper [Promoted content]

By |november 15th, 2018|copper, News|

There can be no wind or solar energy, no smart grids and no electric vehicles without copper, aluminium or steel, to name but a few. What Europe must do is enable advanced processing of materials in order to close the loop, writes Dr Katia Lacasse.

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Metals: Friend or foe of the green economy?

By |november 14th, 2018|aluminium, circular economy, cobalt, copper, Emissions trading scheme, lead, lithium, Metals, mining, News, Nickel, Raw materials, Steel, zinc|

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.

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

By |november 13th, 2018|cobalt, copper, lithium, Metals, News, rare earths, Renewable Energy|

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 ...

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Raw power

By |november 12th, 2018|aluminium, circular economy, copper, Metals, mining, News, rare earths, Raw materials, recycling, Steel|

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.  

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Europe needs more time to re-approve copper pesticide

By |oktober 31st, 2018|copper, copper compounds, News, organic farming, pesticide regulation, pesticide use, wine production|

Negotiations on the re-approval of copper compounds, which are due to be gradually phased out, are still ongoing. The European Commission is expected to present a new proposal to EU member states next month, at a meeting that was not originally scheduled.

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EFSA re-confirms toxicity of organic pesticide, exposes PEST Committee boss

By |september 26th, 2018|copper, EFSA, European Food Safety Authority, News, pesticide use|

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released fresh data, which re-confirm the toxicity of copper compounds, pesticides that are used in organic farming.

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PEST committee boss insists on toxic pesticide to protect organic winemakers

By |junij 21st, 2018|copper, Éric Andrieu, News, pesticide use, Vytenis Andriukaitis|

We should stop focusing on economy over health when it comes to pesticides, said MEP Eric Andrieu, the president of the PEST committee in the European Parliament. But in the case of toxic copper, he urged member states to keep in mind that the viability of organic winery is at stake and that alternatives to copper are very limited.

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