The 3rd edition of the Raw Materials Week took place in Brussels from 12 – 16 November 2018. It was a good opportunity for the raw materials community to discuss and exchange on all relevant issues: policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, etc.
The event was divided into several sessions. Thursday 15th was dedicated first to Drivers and Solutions for Integrating Information in the EU Raw Materials Knowledge Base. One of the speakers, María González-Moya from IDENER, gave a presentation on behalf of the SCRREEN EU project, about how the project is feeding the current criticality assessment with EU-based industry data. During this presentation, she remarked upon the importance of the EU industry data for the assessment of critical raw materials. CRMs are important as they are used by EU industries to make products that maintain our quality of life and society development, so it is vital to correctly assess the needs of the industry in terms of technology gaps, policy gaps, metal substitution, etc.
Also, she touched upon how SCRREEN is gathering this data, the series of workshops organised by the project, and how the consortium summarises this data to make project deliverables. The event was a great point of discussion about the importance of having reliable and accurate data both from industry and official data.
* This article was first published on the IDENER website and has been revised for clarity on the SCRREEN website.
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