Sustainable supply of raw materials

Raw materials include metallic minerals, industrial minerals, construction materials, wood, and natural rubber. Nowadays, the strategic importance of a sustainable supply of raw materials for industry and society as whole is well recognized. A positive outcome of this achievement will change the paradigm of a linear economy to a circular economy and will reduce green-house emissions, halt biodiversity losses and also secure supply of raw materials. In this session, participants are encouraged to submit environmental, techno-scientific, or social innovations that contribute to secure sustainable supplies of both primary and secondary raw materials or prevent wastage of key raw materials during all their life cycle.


Dr Helena Soares, University of Porto, Portugal (email: