Securing sustainable resources is one of the challenges Europe has to deal in the medium (2020) and long term (2050), alongside with an ageing population, improving healthcare, adapting to climate change and the urgency in supporting European industrial development (European reindustrialisation), which it’s entirely value chain largely depends on these raw materials. This explains why the European Union (EU) pioneered the development of a strategy on raw materials based on three pillars: (1) ensuring the fair and sustainable supply of raw materials from international markets, through the promotion of international cooperation with developed and developing countries; (2) fostering the sustainable supply of raw materials from European sources, and (3) reducing consumption of primary raw materials by increasing resource efficiency and promoting recycling.
Scenarios are a particularly useful tool to navigate in a changing world, providing insight that contributes to increase the consistency of strategic decisions. Forward looking activities related to mineral raw materials are scattered, dispersed and heterogeneous. Developing scenarios on raw materials provision from an European perspective is useful to define recommendations for present-day EU policies and research strategies to bring about a desired future.
In this hands-on workshop participants will be invited to comment and elaborate on three different possible futures for global raw materials provisioning in 2050. This attempt to look into the long-term future of the mineral raw materials world will be used to explore two pathways: 1) how to prepare for the three scenarios; and 2) which is the desired scenario and how to safeguard against the others.
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workshop, Horizon2020, raw materials, minerals, future scenarios