Expert Forum: Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility

Almost 200 stakeholders from across the battery as well as magnet and e-drive value chains gathered at the EIT RawMaterials workshop held in Darmstadt. The event was part of the European Battery Alliance initiative and the EIT RawMaterials Lighthouse Program on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility.

The success of the Mobility Transition fundamentally depends on the access to sustainable raw materials and advanced materials. The environmental footprint of a low emission vehicle is profoundly determined by those of the materials used. Acceleration, drive range, and reliability – to name a few factors – are particularly influenced by the underlying materials in the energy storage system and the e-drives.

The objectives of this Expert Forum were to i) gather the community from across the value chain, ii) enable dialogue among those stakeholders, and iii) identify key challenges and solutions. Representatives from 75 industry partners, 29 universities, 12 research organisations, 4 policy units, and 5 associations gathered in Darmstadt. Specific fields of collaboration were identified.

Source: Raw Materials


EIT RawMaterials promotes research and innovation for the Circular Economy

EIT RawMaterials has been awarded its first Horizon 2020 project CICERONE on Circular Economy

EIT RawMaterials achieves its first Horizon 2020 project in Circular Economy and becomes a member of one of the four consortia selected by DG Environment supporting Green Growth and Circular Economy.

Project CICERONE is a CSA (Coordinated and Support Action) that brings together program owners, research organizations, and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient Circular Economy programming.

CICERONE brings together programme owners, research organizations and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient Circular Economy programming. The priority setting and the organization of the future platform will be driven by Programme Owners (POs), involved either as project partners, or via a stakeholder network. Diversity of national / regional situations is reflected in the partnership. The work will be carried out in close cooperation with research & technology organisations (RTOs), which contribute with their expertise of the main scientific and technological challenges. Consultation mechanisms will also ensure that all stakeholders will be able to actively contribute (civil society, industry, innovative SMEs, startups, cities, investors, networks, etc.).

Among the members the CICERONE consortia, the EIT RawMaterials community is represented by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, TNO, VITO, VTT, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

The project will also set the grounds for the future PO platform, starting with defining its strategic role in the existing landscape. The next step will be to specify governance and possible legal frameworks, as well as creating a financially sustainable model. It is a key objective that the platform is sustained after the end of the project.

EIT RawMaterials participates in one of the four consortia selected by the DG Environment to provide support on Circular Economy

EIT RawMaterials as a member of one of the four selected consortia has participated and was selected to support DG Environment in the field of Circular Economy and Green Growth through a number of specific activities such as: development and management of stakeholder platforms; organisation and running of technical helpdesks assisting stakeholders (including experts) on specific topics; establishment of fora for a regular exchange of best practices between stakeholders (including database development and website content); secretariats for policy initiatives and events or awards (e.g. for the EBAE or Green Capital).

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Source: Raw Materials