Critical metals in end-of-life products

Recovery potential and opportunities for removal of bottlenecks of recycling

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Critical raw materials (CRM) are used in various applications in different sectors, and their consumption will likely further increase in future. The threats caused by their limited availability and high prices have led to discussion on more efficient use of the resources available. The enhanced recycling of critical raw materials could be a significant opportunity for the Nordic countries.This report focuses on the recycling potential of wastes containing CRMs, analyses of the bottlenecks of recycling, and identifies potential policy instruments to eliminate the barriers or reduce their impact. In order to enhance sustainable recycling, the Nordic countries should improve knowledge of CRM availability, develop new recycling strategies, support demonstration and selected R&D actions, and strengthen Nordic influence on the development of European legislation and standards.



Workshop summary

As part of the project, a workshop “Critical Raw Materials in Nordic Countries – Recovery Potential and Opportunities for Removal of Bottlenecks” was organized for Nordic authorities and all stakeholders involved in the value chain (e.g. organizations for producer responsibility, recycling industry, producers, and universities). The workshop was held on January 18, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, and the event was by invitation only. All together 24 experts from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands registered in the workshop, representing authorities, consultants, recyclers, producer responsibility organisations, product manufacturers, researchers and MEG (Nordic Council of Ministers’ Working Group on Environment and Economy).


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