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Life Cycle Assessment Matters: The Rare Earths in our Environmental Future

Life Cycle Assessment Matters: The Rare Earths in our Environmental Future

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Location: EIT House: Rue Guimard 7, Brussels, 1000

Time: 8:30AM – 5:30 PM CET

Are we making uninformed sustainability choices about our future technologies? It would seem so since there is no single environmental footprint representing the rare earth element (REE) sector. As a result, when the REE industry and its consumers wish to market themselves as environmentally friendly, they face a confusing range of methods for environmental evaluation. The Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA) proposes their state-of-the-art method as a common way of measuring environmental performance of rare earths.

The seventeen REEs represented on bottom row of the periodic table symbolize the building blocks of our technological world. On the contrary, the environmental conditions surrounding REEs are not perfect for decreasing the environmental footprint of the REE industry. These crucial metals come with some environmental challenges: the process of extracting and separating them from one another often has serious health and environmental impacts.

Join us for a training workshop featuring leading researchers from around the world sharing their tools and their insights into these increasingly significant issues for modeling REEs in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Agenda

8:30 a.m

Participants arrive – coffee/networking

 

9:00 a.m

Welcome and Intro of the Participants

Prof. Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven

 

9:15 AM

Intro: Promise and Problems of the Rare Earth Elements LCAs

Gwendolyn Bailey, Sustainability Advisor, REIA

 

9:45 AM

Criticality and Pre-Feasibility Assessment in LCA for REEs

Dr. Rob Pell, Camborne School of Mines

 

10:30 AM 

Coffee break

 

10:45 AM 

MFA Methods

Dr. Peng Weng, Institute of Urban Environment

 

11:30 AM

Hands on example on MFA

Dr. Peng Weng, Institute of Urban Environment

Dr. Rita Schulze, DECHEMA e.V

 

12:00 PM

Lunch & Coffee

 

1:00 PM

Introduction to Basic LCA

Gwendolyn Bailey, Sustainability Advisor, REIA

 

2:00 PM

Hands on example on LCA

Gwendolyn Bailey, Sustainability Advisor, REIA

Dr. Rita Schulze, DECHEMA e.V

 

 

2:45 PM

LCA of Production of Rare Earth Elements

Gwendolyn Bailey, moderator

        Panelists:

        Dr. Rob Pell, Camborne School of Mines

        Dr. Rodrigo Freitas de Alvarenga, UGent

        Dr. Peng Weng, Institute of Urban Environment

Dr. Peter James Joyce, KTH

Dr. Rita Schulze, DECHEMA e.V

 

4:00 PM

Coffee break

 

4:15 PM   

Environmental impact categories

Dr. Peter James Joyce, KTH

 

4:45 PM   

Background and perspectives about ‘resource depletion’ impact categories

Dr. Rodrigo Freitas de Alvarenga, UGent

 

 

5:15 PM   

Wrap Up and Q&A

Dr. Nabeel Mancheri, Secretary General, REIA

&

Gwendolyn Bailey, Sustainability Advisor, REIA

 

5:30 PM   

Seminar ends

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To learn how LCA for REEs is conducted and how challenges are tackled, based on a real example of modeling a REE-containing product.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Master and PhD students, Consultants or Companies

 

PRICES:

 

FOR REIA MEMBERS – FREE

FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS – 150 €

FOR GENERAL PARTICIPANTS – 300 €

 

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 18

Participants are requested to bring their laptops and power cords.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Please register by email at info@global-reia.org

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