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).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org