ELFM IV (February 2018): Six lessons learned

In this article “Six lessons learned” Peter Tom Jones reflects on the 4th International Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium and summarises some key take-home messages. Quo vadis for ELFM? Reactions are welcome.

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ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

The ELFM IV organising committee has released a 5-minute video (Feb’ 2018), which integrates multiple testimonials and perspectives from the EC, national public bodies, academia, industry and civil society. A great executive summary!

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The rare-earth element Balance Problem revisited

Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

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Umicore announces battery production investments

On February 8, 2018, Umicore reported a net profit of 267 million euro in 2017. Concurrently, Umicore announced an investment of 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials for a.o. electric vehicles.

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ELFM IV Symposium book has been released

The organising committee of the ELFM IV Symposium (Feb’ 5-6, 2018) is happy to share the ELFM IV Symposium Book (ed. Jones & Machiels, Feb’ 2018). ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories.

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Critical raw materials: a C2W feature article

C2W, the Dutch Journal for Chemistry and Life Sciences, has published a feature article on the EU List of Critical Raw Materials (Nr. 1, 2018). SIM² KU Leuven provided its view on this crucial issue for Europe.

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4-year EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding

The H2020 NEMO project (“Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”) has been approved by the EC.

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SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors – Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden – provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues.

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To mine or not to mine, that is the question

Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

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Setting the scene for the ELFM IV Symposium

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. On January 15, 2018, the Final Symposium Programme was released: pdf available here. ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers.

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