Monday 12 November

The second annual Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) event offers an opportunity to a variety of stakeholders to get a fresh update about the latest EU activities in the field of Critical Raw Materials. The event is co-organised by the European Commission, and the Horizon 2020 project SCRREEN - the European Expert Network on CRM, together with other EU projects. The event will announce the launch of the next CRM assessment.

Session I: Critical Raw Materials in specific value chains
Session II: How are the CRM perceived by the public?
Session III: Research, Development and Innovation on CRM in Europe
Earth observation data (made available by Copernicus) represent a real asset for the sustainable mining life cycle: exploration; extraction; closure and post-closure. Economic, social and environmental sustainability of the extractive industries can strongly benefit from services and products based on satellite data. It will be demonstrated that these Earth observation data-based services are beneficial for both the private sector and public authorities.

Session I: Copernicus for Raw Materials - an overview
Session II: Copernicus for Raw Materials - applications and benefits I
Session III: Copernicus for Raw Materials - applications and benefits II
Session IV: Copernicus for Raw Materials: applications and benefits III
Discussion panel - How can we unlock the full potential and increase the benefits?

Tuesday 13 November

EIT RawMaterials will present the latest on innovation in the raw materials sector, technologies and activities driven by Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) partners contributing to Europe’s innovation capacity, environmental and societal impact. Stakeholders will learn on EIT RawMaterials contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the industry perspective. The morning will continue with sessions on Raw Materials and Societal Challenges where the second part of the morning will showcase latest innovation in industry and business creation.

Session I: Raw Materials and UN Sustainable Goals, Industry perspective
Session II: Raw Materials and Industry 4.0, Raw Materials and Mobility, Raw Materials and Climate change
Session III: Showcasing industry innovation and business creation

The conference dedicated to primary supply of raw materials will explore whether and how sustainable and responsible sourcing and extraction of raw materials can support globally the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement and strengthen European value chains triggering sustainable and responsible growth and jobs in the EU. The event will also address the challenges and discuss solutions for the extraction of raw materials to strengthen the beginning of the value chains in the EU and to improve supply security for the downstream industries.

Session I: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing and Extraction of Raw Materials for Competitive European Value Chains
Session II: Responsible extraction of raw materials in the EU
Session III: Responsible Investors and Financial Institutions for Sustainable and Responsible Sourcing and Extraction of Raw Materials
Session IV: How to improve minerals extraction in the EU?

The info day will give a full overview of raw materials related calls 2019 across Horizon 2020, including Societal Challenge 5, NMBP, SPIRE PPP, Societal challenge 2, LEIT-Space, SME Instrument, but also calls of ERA-MIN 2 and EIT Raw Materials. The participants will have an opportunity to briefly present project ideas during the brokerage session.

Raw Materials Calls in Horizon 2020
Brokerage Session

Wednesday 14 November

The 6th High level conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials is the main event of the 3rd Raw Materials Week 2018, which takes place on 14 November 2018. The main topic of the conference is the ‘Raw materials for low carbon and circular economy' focused on the battery value chain, cascading of woody biomass and raw materials for energy-intensive industries. The conference will also take stock of successes and challenges of the EU Raw Materials Initiative over the decade since its launch. The high level panel will discuss what can we do to secure raw materials for strong industrial value chains in the EU.

High Level Panel: What can we do to secure raw materials for strong industrial value chains in Europe?
Session I: Raw materials for battery value chain
Session II: Wood cascade
Session III: Raw materials for clean energy intensive industries of the future

Thursday 15 November

This second annual Raw Materials Knowledge Base event will focus on the information flows driven by increased concerns about security of supply of raw materials along value chains; aspects related to trade of raw materials and products; current trends and novel methodologies in assessing the criticality of raw materials for the European industry particularly in relation to data requirements; dissemination and analysis of research in important raw materials related EC funded projects as well as cross-disciplinary and Member States scale programmes.

Opening with the Official launch of the EU Raw Materials Scoreboard 2018
Session I: Knowledge needs and management for criticality assessments
Session II: Secure supply of raw materials: trade and international cooperation in commodities within raw materials supply chains
Session III: Enhancing and managing the knowledge base on primary and secondary raw materials
Session IV: Towards a comprehensive knowledge service of R&I results

The overall goal of the conference is to discuss how to reconcile sourcing and extraction of raw materials with the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity. The first part will be dedicated to the implementation of the measure of the Commission's Action Plan on Nature, People and Economy to complement the Commission guidance on 'Nature2000 and non-extractive industries'. The second part will focus on knowledge in the international context. Its main objective is to identify gaps of the international framework and to discuss feasible solutions.

The EU-28 are one of the top producers of wood. The EU forest-based industries are globally competitive and of considerable economic importance in many member states. This event will take stock of the key issues of the forest-based sector and discuss strategies to retain competitiveness while moving towards the 2050 goals..

Session I - State of the Forest-Based Sector
Session II - Future Perspectives

This forum will build on the key findings and outcomes from the EU funded project EU-Canada Mineral Co-operation. It will offer to the EU and Canadian raw materials community the opportunity to discuss topics of common interest, including the expected impacts on the sector from CETA implementation,and to inform the government-to-government dialogue.

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Friday 16 November

Implementation of the CETA with Canada foresees a number of specific bilateral dialogues, including one on raw materials. Accordingly, the first meeting of the CETA Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials will take place in Brussels on 16 November 2018. aw Materials and Resource Efficiency Unit of DG GROW co-chairs the dialogue, together with Natural Resources Canada. The CETA Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials is established on the basis of Article 25.4 of the Agreement.

The United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) is an important tool for natural resource management that would harmonise data from different classification and reporting standards and would make significant contribution in monitoring some of the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop on the “UN Framework Classification for Sustainable Resources Management in Europe” shall show how the UNFC could help consolidating EU level data and information on mineral reserves and resources, present relevant cases and discuss plans for its implementation in Europe. It is co-organised by the UNECE, European Commission, EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists and relevant EU projects.

Side Events

Carbon4PUR is organizing a stakeholder event to bring together SPIRE projects, industrial, political and NGO stakeholders in the area of CO2 and CO utilisation. Different SPIRE and EU funded projects will present their take on the subject and the advances in the projects. A panel discussion will allow for interaction between all projects and the stakeholders.

COST Action CA15102 “Solutions for Critical Raw Materials Under Extreme Conditions” (CRM-EXTREME)* and ICAMCyL Foundation ( are organizing an industrial-oriented workshop to discuss the role of raw materials in the main core EU industrial value chains. The workshop will gather international experts and stakeholders in the raw materials sector, with representatives of the automotive, automation, capital goods, steel and energy industries amongst others, to debate and discuss raw materials policies and initiatives.
Relevant industrial cases, including value and successful cases from SMEs, will be presented; and a specialized session on regional strategies and industrial competitiveness in the raw material sector will also take place.
Finally, a synergy boot camp featuring a poster and networking session alongside an elevator pitch for SMEs working in the raw materials sector will be also organized.

This session organised by the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association in partnership with the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) will bring together European and International stakeholders to look at the forthcoming challenges and the needs of the natural rubber value chain.
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SusCritMat is an education project funded by EIT Raw Materials running from 2017 to 2020. It aims to educate people from Master’s student level up, both in industry and academia, about important aspects of sustainable approaches towards critical raw materials. In a novel concept, SusCritMat introduces courses on interdisciplinary topics in a modular structure, adaptable to a variety of different formats and accessible to students, educators and professionals. At the event, participants will experience a short version of a SusCritMat training school, covering several topics related to the sustainable management of Cobalt across the value chain - amongst others criticality assessment of Cobalt, primary and secondary sourcing, future demand scenarios, and geopolitical aspects and certification potentials. The format will be a mix of lectures and group work. Teachers include Dr. Dominique Guyonnet from BRGM, Prof. Ester van der Voet from Leiden University, Prof. David Peck from TU Delft, and other SusCritMat Consortium members and guests. More information and registration at
The workshop will build on the key findings and outcomes from the Horizon 2020 project HISER about Certification and Standardization issues related to new products involving secondary C&DW-recovered raw materials. The workshop will offer to the EU, the manufacturers and any other Stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the state of the art and existing gaps for unmet needs in Standardization and Certification for innovative products (with a deeper focus on Concrete and WPC-Wood Plastic Composites) products developed within the project, concurring to boost the market uptake of new solutions and products.

Interest in participation can be expressed to
After nearly four years of project, the aim of this final event is to present HISER findings in an attractive and interactive way to contribute to the dissemination of the knowledge and experience gathered throughout the project. Covered topics will include innovative demolition methods and tools together with technological solutions for closing material loops, policies and standards recommendations.

To register to the event please send an e-mail to
For more information about the project and the final conference please visit
Building a New World. Made in Europe. Today’s raw materials for tomorrow’s products: a new global race for raw materials?

EUMICON has initiated a yearlong stakeholder dialogue on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency. The Dinner Debate is designed as the highlight and final stage of the dialogue and serves as a forum for discussion to present the results of the stakeholder dialogue. Participants from politics, EU institutions, industry, NGOs and science gather to discuss issues on Skills & Education, Climate & Energy, Access & Trade as well as Innovation & Technology. Hosted by MEP Paul Rübig, the debate provides a forum for dialogue on the future of the raw materials industry.

Interest in participation can be expressed to