1.4 – Resources/critical materials

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767162.

Pillar 1: Technologies for sustainable growth

Session 1.4 – Resources/critical materials

31 October 2018, 12:00-13:00, room Lehar 2/3/4


Critical raw materials (CRMs) are key to Europe’s economy as technological progress and quality of life rely on them. This session will present policy measures as well as different possible research approaches (like substitutions, increased of efficiency of fuels and recycling, among others).  Focus will also be put on how these approaches consider the social, economic and environmental trade-offs of products along their life cycles and how such concepts contribute to improving the so-called recyclable-by-design model.


Please find below the speakers (in alphabetical order), who will contribute to this session:

  • More efficient use of materials through the industrial exploitation of materials modelling
    Nadja Adamovic, Technical University Vienna
  • Recommendations for a Critical Raw Materials policy
    Peter Handley, European Commission, DG GROW
  • Life cycle sustainable trade-offs and the “recyclable by design” model
    Shahaboddin Resalati, Oxford Brookess University
  • Advanced strategies for substitution of critical raw materials in photovoltaics
    Edgardo Saucedo, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research

Moderator: Olga Rio Suarez, European Commission, DG RTD

Rapporteur: Monika Marjanovic

Nadja Adamovic

Technical University Vienna

Peter Handley

Peter Handley
European Commission, DG GROW

Shahab Resalati

Senior Lecturer in Building Physics and Climate Change
Oxford Brookes University

Edgardo Saucedo

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research