Solutions for CRitical Raw materials – a European Expert Network 2

Raw materials are crucial to Europe’s economy and key to maintaining and improving our quality of life. But securing reliable access to certain raw materials is a growing concern. This is why the European Commission created a list of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs). The list includes rare earth elements cobalt and niobium. Europe’s CRM strategy was strengthened through an expert network built by the EU-funded SCRREEN project, which ended in 2020. Its successor, SCRREEN2, was launched to develop the SCRREEN expert network to cover all raw materials. Specifically, SCRREEN2 will develop the network and publish sector-oriented outlook reports analysing the future supply and demand of raw materials. The project will support the Commission in policymaking related to CRMs.

In order to secure the sustainable access to primary and secondary raw materials and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) in the EU, there is a need for an expert advice to better understand the value chains of the raw materials screened in the CRMs assessment. Making this information freely available, through the SCRREEN knowledge database and the EC Raw Materials Information System, will support decision-making at the EU level on the CRM strategies.

In the continuation of SCRREEN, SCRREEN2 will develop and strengthen the SCRREEN expert network in order to cover all raw materials screened in the CRM 2020 assessment.

The work was initiated in 2019 to support the EC (validation workshop and creation of an expert database). The SCRREEN network gathers today expertise on primary and secondary resources; production, including exploration, mining, processing, recycling and refining; substitution of CRM; raw materials markets; future demand and supply; materials flows; socio-economic analysis. It covers also strategic value chains and end-use sectors, including batteries, e-mobility, renewable energy, electronics, defence and aerospace.

Thanks to clustering and cooperation with other projects/initiatives, SCRREEN2 will develop this network to fill the existing gaps and to mobilize it on two axes through dedicated workshops.

  1. First, in order to improve data and knowledge on all screened raw materials, SCRREEN2 will update on a regular basis the raw materials factsheets.
  2. It will also publish sector-oriented outlook reports analysing the future supply and demand of raw materials, policy and technology gaps and innovation potential along the raw materials value chains.
  3. A work-plan, updated every 6 months, will allow SCRREEN2 to flexibly support the Commission in policy-making related to CRM in general or linked to specific applications or sectors; and to support as well the Commission in the organisation of relevant events.

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