How to reduce our dependency on critical raw materials by stimulating circularity

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Letters, Position Papers, Publications



RREUSE, ECOS, and Deutsche Umwelthilfe produced a joint position paper on a reducing our dependency on Critical Raw Materials, which was submitted as answer to the consultation following the publication of the Regulation. Critical raw materials are used in a growing array of products, including renewable energy technologies, electronic and electrical equipment, and batteries for electric vehicles. Increasing global demand for such products, combined with increasing geopolitical instability, shows that we need to strengthen supply chains in the European Union. We call for a Critical Raw Materials Regulation that is based on circular principles and promotes both sufficiency and resource efficiency.


RREUSE also contributed and co-signed a paper with a multitude of NGOs highlighting civil society’s demands for a more sustainable management of CRMs”.

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