The Inaugural European Raw Materials Conference took place on the 1st March 2011 and brought together 250+ delegates for some very stimulating and interesting discussions around Europe’s political and practical responses to the threats associated with the global race for raw materials.
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Head of Business Development & Market Research, Precious Metals Refining Unit
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In November 2008, the European Commission adopted the Raw Materials Initiative, proposing an integrated EU strategy to address challenges related to access to essential non-energy raw materials. Now more than 2 years on, a communication relating to the progress of the initiative has been released, focusing on its implementation, and progress made and challenges faced.
Availability of essential non-energy raw materials of at competitive prices is fundamental to the full range of European industries, from the manufacturing of vehicles, the production of mobile phones, through to the construction and paper industries to name but a few. With export restrictions from supply countries on the increase, will a rise in protectionism, driven by the global financial crisis and shortages in rare earths and other minerals, spark international confrontations? Have responses from international bodies such as the WTO been sufficient? Does Europe have viable alternative sources for raw materials and should foreign ownership of mining companies for instance be treated as a threat by Europe and its trading partners such as Canada?
What measures are ultimately necessary to ensure a secure, low-cost supply of essential raw materials for Europe, whilst keeping sight of the EU’s commitment to sustainability?
The event looked at these questions and more, with sessions focusing on:
- Overcoming increasing pressures on the planet’s key resources
- Balancing sustainability and access to key resources
- How to head–off the possibility of global “resource wars?”