Sustainable raw material supply, Oct. 7th, 09:00 – 10:30

Demand for metal and minerals is increasing. For electric car batteries and energy storage alone, the EU will need 18 times more lithium in 2030 than today and up to 60 times more in 2050. Where will the raw materials come from and what sustainability challenges will come with an ever-growing demand for the future?

Maria Sunér Fleming, CEO Svemin

Maria Sunér Fleming is the CEO of Svemin, the Swedish Association for Mines, Mineral and Metal Producers. Maria has a profound background from the business sector and has held several positions at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, as well as for the Swedish Association of Energy Producers. She has also worked for the World bank and Eon. Maria is also a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and a vice chair of the Energy and Environment Committee for Business at the OECD. Maria has earlier been the chair of the Swedish member Committee to the World Energy Council.

Mineral and metal demand – the potential of the Swedish bedrock
Christina Wanhainen, Professor in ore geology, Luleå University of Technology

Christina Wanhainen is chaired professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research mainly covers mineral exploration and ore characterization, where the characterization focus lies in documenting and understanding the distribution and character of metals (base-, precious-, alloy-, critical-, and hazardous metals) in different minerals and ore types. Christina is the supervisor for several PhD and MSc students working on mineralogical and ore genetic issues. She also teaches within the civil engineering program “Natural Resources Engineering”.

Resilience and sustainability: Driving Europe’s raw materials agenda forwards
Chris Heron, Director for Communication & Public Affairs, Eurometaux

Chris Heron is Communication and Public Affairs Director at Eurometaux, the European metals association. Chris joined Eurometaux in 2014, after previously working for the European battery industry and public affairs consultancies. He coordinates Eurometaux’s overall communication and public affairs program, notably work to improve EU resilience and sustainability for the metals and minerals required for the green and digital transitions.

Government agencies collaboration for Sweden’s part of a European sustainable battery value chain
Erika Ingvald, Head of Division, Mineral Information and Mining Industry, SGU (Geological Survey of Sweden)
Uwe Fortkamp, Head of the sustainability unit at the Swedish EPA

Erika Ingvald is Head of Division, Mineral Information and Mining Industry, at the Geological Survey of Sweden, working with sustainable metals and minerals value chains on a national, European and global level.

Uwe Fortkamp is head of the sustainability unit at the Swedish EPA where sustainable value chains are in focus. Earlier he worked for more than 20 years with the development of sustainable production processes with a lifecycle perspective.

Panel discussion – Metal demand and sustainability challenges
The speakers from the session, and the following:

Olle Olsson, Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Olle Olsson in a Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). His research is primarily focused on the role of business and innovation in sustainability transitions, as well as how public policy can be designed to drive these processes

Peter Handley, Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit in the European Commission’s DG GROW
Peter Handley is, since September 2017, Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Growth. He was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency Unit at the Secretariat-General, where he was responsible for coordination of Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, low emission mobility strategy and the circular economy.

Johannes Drielsma, Deputy Director, Euromines
Johannes Drielsma is the Deputy Director of Euromines. An environmental engineer by training, he spent the first 10 years of his career gaining industrial experience in mining of raw materials as well as research and product applications. He has been representing Euromines since 2005.

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