Toward a Global Rare Earth Industry Association

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EIT RawMaterials-REIA-FairMagnet Workshop on REE supply chain certification and transparency

“How a sustainable supply chain can benefit your business”

21 February 2019 in Berlin

We are pleased to invite you to attend a combined rare earth value chain workshop and networking event on Thursday 21 February in Berlin.

GloREIA has now started its Outreach Program to gain attention to the establishment of a registered Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA), that will focus on the development of an integrated, de-risked and sustainable value chain for various rare earth material products. The REIA will represent the mutual interests of its united value chain participants, be it stakeholder networking, project research or sustainable sourcing.

The goal of this first workshop is to facilitate a round table for discussing the FairMagnet production certification process as one of the risk diversification options for the conventional supply chain of rare earth magnets. In this context, the use of Life Cycle Assessment and new ISO norms for measuring the sustainable production potential “from mine to magnet” will also be addressed.

The FairMagnet initiative is coordinated by the Global Nature Fund, which has received financial support from ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with means of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

All of the invited stakeholders have vested interests in increasing the transparency within the rare earth related value chains. The access to clear market information should lead to the optimised use of resources, and eventually result in reduced price volatility risks and improved security of planning.

We are looking forward to exchange views with you in person!

Workshop program:
Please see the following pages.

Workshop location: Ellington Hotel,

Nürnberger Str. 50-55,
10789 Berlin,
Germany

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Phone: +49 30 683150

Registration:
Please confirm your participation by email to:
nabeel.mancheri@kuleuven.be
After your registration you will receive a confirmation per email.

Relevant links:
– GloREIA:                         www.gloreia.org
– EIT Raw Materials:       www.eitrawmaterials.eu
– FairMagnet:                  www.fairmagnet.org

REIA-FairMagnet initiative is strategically important as it helps to develop an integrated, de-risked and sustainable value chain for rare earths materials, by: developing a well-matched global stakeholder network (stakeholder participation), analyzing the potential for sustainable supply chains (R&D) and finding solutions for optimizing current value chains. There is an urgent need to systematically explore smartly designed, collaborative ways to provide cost effective, long-term competitive supply security.

As the EU places more and more emphasis on “green technologies” needed to meet its 2020 energy targets and circular economy package initiatives, transparency is considered to play a critical role in the competitiveness of sustainable rare earths mining and processing activities. The issue has indeed become critical as there is no industry-wide certification or standard for socio-environmental reporting across the REE value chain.

In response to the environmentally unfriendly reputation of REEs, the REE industry should conduct a complete and thorough tracking on the rare earths they use. Then, we can do the effort to optimize processes and create synergies within the industry, enhance international cooperation in order to achieve a sustainable production pattern in both Eastern and Western countries. The industry wide initiative could also improve communication with stakeholders in downstream industries.

To address the transparency and sustainability issues in REE value chain, GloREIA (a new global association for the rare earth industry, sponsored by EIT Rawmaterials) and FairMagnet (a project coordinated by Berners Consultung and Brugger Magnet systems GmbH) have recently launch jointly the “REIA-FairMagnet Certification” scheme. FairMagnet is a voluntary industrial initiative. It cooperates closely with academic and governmental institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations to increase the environmental and social standards, as well as safety conditions at work in Chinese raw magnet production. It has been designed to increase environmental, economic and social standards along the entire supply chain of raw magnets. The focus of our work is the introduction of sustainable production conditions in the global processing of rare earths.

REIA-FairMagnet transparency and sustainability initiative can also contribute to EU resource efficiency policies. For example, the support of EU policies, such as the Product Environmental Footprint and Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan, enables greater resource efficiencies and the commercialization of more environmentally friendly products. REIA-FairMagnet will also align with initiatives such as the Communication on Sustainable Consumption, Production (CEC 2008a)[i] and the Communication on Circular Economy (CEC 2015b)[ii], the SMM initiative by OECD[iii] and United Nation’s SDGs[iv].                                                                

  • 1Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP) Action Plan, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52008DC0397
  • 2Communications on the circular economy,https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/communications-circular-economy_en
  • 3Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) (OECD), http://www.oecd.org/env/waste/smm.htm
  • 4United Nations Sustainable Development Platform, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Agenda for Thursday 21th of February 2019:

9.00-9.30   Registration
9.30- 9.40 Welcome

Dr. Nabeel Mancheri

9.40- 10.00   Inauguration and introduction

Dr Karen Hanghøj

10.00: 10.10   Q&A
10.10-10.40:  From GloREIA to REIA

Elbert Loois & Nabeel Mancheri

10.40-11.10:    Round table discussion
11.10-11.40:   Why REIA-FairMagnet is relevant: Experience from the field

 Brugger Magnetsysteme GmbH, Thomas Brugger

11.40-12.10 Round table discussion
12.10-13.00      Lunch
13.00-13.30      REIA-LCI database: a benchmarking tool for the industry

KU Leuven, Gwendolyn Bailey & Karel Van Acker

13.30-13.50 Round table discussion
13.50-14.20    A sustainable REE supply chain and what can REIA do

Grundfos, Badri Veluri

14.20-14.40    Round table discussion
14.40-15.10    Development of new international standards on rare earths production: ISO/TC298
 Strategic Materials Advisors , Gareth Hatch
15.10-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-16.30 Wrap-up: The way forward

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This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation