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INTRAW Workshop on future scenarios on international raw materials provision

30th November 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

A workshop in the frame of Raw materials week (Brussels, 28 November – 2 December 2016) organized by European Commission, DG Growth

Deadline for registration: 25 November 2016

VIP Room (Museum of Natural Sciences), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, B‐1000 Brussels

Securing sustainable resources is one of the challenges Europe has to deal in the medium (2020) and long term (2050), alongside with an ageing population, improving healthcare, adapting to climate change and the urgency in supporting European industrial development (European reindustrialization), which it’s entirely value chain largely depends on these raw materials. This explains why the European Union (EU) pioneered the development of a strategy on raw materials based on three pillars: (1) ensuring the fair and sustainable supply of raw materials from international markets, through the promotion of international cooperation with developed and developing countries; (2) fostering the sustainable supply of raw materials from European sources, and (3) reducing consumption of primary raw materials by increasing resource efficiency and promoting recycling.

Scenarios are a particularly useful tool to navigate in a changing world, providing insight that contributes to increase the consistency of strategic decisions. Forward looking activities related to mineral raw materials are scattered, dispersed and heterogeneous. Developing scenarios on raw materials provision from an European perspective is useful to define recommendations for present-day EU policies and research strategies to bring about a desired future.

In this workshop participants will be invited to comment and elaborate on three different possible futures for global raw materials provisioning in 2050:

  • Scenario 1: Unlimited Trade
  • Scenario 2: Green Alliance
  • Scenario 3: National Walls

These scenarios are still work on progress, however, the organizers would like to capture expert opinions on the scenarios, their impacts and possible ways to prepare for them.

VIP room (Museum of Natural Sciences), Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, 30 November 2016, 10:30 to 12:30

Moderator: Flavius Sturm (Fraunhofer IAO).

10:00-10:30 – Reception of participants

10:30-10:45 – Welcome and introduction to the scenarios developed for the INTRAW Project.

10:45-11:45 – Workshop and group discussions (1 scenario per group)

11:45-12:00 – Short presentation of outcomes

12:00-12:25 – Where to go from here? Propositions & discussion of actions to prepare for the future

12:25-12:30 – Wrap up and conclusions.

13:00 – Lunch sponsored by BLUG and EFG

The maximum number of the participants has been reached. The registration is closed.

A certificate for attendance will be provided if requested.


30th November 2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


European Federation of Geologists
Geological Survey of Belgium
Fraunhofer IAO
Belgium-Luxembourg Union of Geologists


Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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