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Substitution of Critical Raw Materials - Importance for European Industry

16 September 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The goal of this open workshop is to present results achieved by the FP7 project CRM_InnoNet on European industrial dependence on critical raw materials and to open a discussion for identification of next generation technologies which could act as substitutes. The focus is on three strategic sectors: Energy, Transport (Aerospace and Automotive) and ICT. Substituting or replacing critical raw materials for a less scarce resource, or a new technology or service, is one approach to reducing Europe´s dependence on imports, as well as creating opportunities for innovation.
The workshop will bring together stakeholders representing industries using critical raw materials, engineers involved in product development and material supply, recycling companies, scientists and decision makers. Stakeholders will discuss critical raw materials in the European value chain, give input into criteria for the choice of critical applications for which substitution is an appropriate solution and suggest potential substitution technologies.

 

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