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COBALT FP7 Opening Conference

28 – 29 November 2013: Brussels, Belgium

The opening conference of the COBALT project, funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, is entitled ‘Industry and society’s needs for sustainable management of raw materials in Europe: Exploring solutions for future action’. The two-day event aims to bring together EU and national representatives from industry, civil society, public authorities, research and geological surveys to debate future opportunities regarding the sustainable supply of raw materials in Europe. Read more…

COBALT, which runs from 2013 to 2015, focuses on identifying the best ways to put sustainable raw materials management into practice, helps inform future innovation activities, and supports the work of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. Its purpose is to try to inform discussions on where funding can best be allocated to achieve the EU's resource goals.

Issues being addressed include security of supply, resource trends and national perspectives, how to grow in substitution and higher value markets, the use of raw materials with high environmental and social impacts, and skills shortages in raw materials management. The conference will look at potential solutions for encouraging sustainable raw material supply from initial extraction to consumption and recycling at the end of a product’s life.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

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