EU Circular Talks: Critical Raw Materials - Improving existing life cycles of products to supply European markets

11. October 2023

The ECESP Leadership Group on Critical Raw Materials is holding this #EUCircularTalks to highlight opportunities to improve existing life cycles for products containing CRMs.


  • EIT Circular Economy Community
  • EuRIC
  • EEA
  • Holland Circular Hotspot
  • European Remanufacture Council

Content Description

Raw materials are crucial to Europe's economy, and sustainable access to these materials is key for net zero objectives. However, Europe heavily relies on imports, mostly from third-country suppliers. It needs to mitigate the risks for supply chains related to such strategic dependencies to enhance its economic resilience.

In March 2023, the European Commission proposed a set of actions to ensure the EU's access to a secure, diversified, affordable and sustainable supply of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs). The Critical Raw Materials Act and the associated Net Zero Industry Act set out the urgency with which supply conditions need to be improved for CRMs and acknowledge the role of the circular economy in supplementing increased supply to the EU from secure sources.

The ECESP Leadership Group on Critical Raw Materials organises this #EUCircularTalks to highlight opportunities to improve existing life cycles for products containing CRMs.

The expert panel will discuss the importance of de-risking the supply of critical raw materials and improving their sustainable use across the value chains. They will shed light on the currently poor life cycle management for many products that rely on CRMs for their functionality.

Frontrunner companies will showcase their best practices, experiences, and know-how during the event.

Join us to explore how EU policy can scale up the improvement opportunities and overcome the obstacles of creating a more circular economy for products reliant upon CRMs.

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About the EU Circular Talks

The EU Circular Talks is an exchange concept of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. It aims to encourage stakeholders to interact and discuss the circular economy topics in the platform.

Stakeholders initiate the topics themselves. These can take multiple forms of online events; workshops, seminars, debates or Q&As. These are followed by discussions directly via the platform's communication channels. The #EUCircularTalks uses all the communication channels to inform the community and foster the debate on the circular economy. The results of each EU Circular Talk is summarised and published on the ECESP platform.