Materials

September 2, 2014

Session 1: New mining concepts (chair: Karl Vrancken, VITO, Belgium)
In the first session the supply of raw materials will be discussed. In the primary mining sector, innovative techniques are being developed that allow for operations at greater depths and in unconventional deposits. In this context also seafloor or ocean bed mining is receiving increasing attention. With lowering metal grades of primary ores and increasing development of extraction techniques, the difference between primary ores and secondary materials is disappearing. Many end-of-life products and industrial residues have such a metal content that they are considered complex (secondary) ores. These materials are buried in landfills or stockpiled in different places in the economy. Urban mining of the materials requires specific approaches, techniques and provides new business opportunities.
Topics:
  • New developments in mining and exploration
  • Processing of minerals
  • Landfill mining
Session 2: Closing material loops (chair: Victor Dries, OVAM, Belgium)
In a second session new developments for closing material loops by recycling will be explored. Material recovery schemes are often complex and imply various steps. Collection logistics is a first critical step followed by product disassembly and classification. Subsequent steps may involve mechanical treatments, chemical processing and/or metallurgical purifications. Innovative collection approaches and technological solutions aim for higher recycling efficiencies and higher quality of recycled materials.
Topics:
  • Metal recycling, options, limits, infrastructure
  • Evolution in metal recycling, industrial practice
  • Sensor based sorting technologies for construction and demolition waste

September 3, 2014

Session 3: New business and policy concepts (chair: Jorn Verbeeck, OVAM-VMP Flanders' Materials Programme, Belgium)
In a third session attention will be focuses on the business and policy framework for sustainable materials management. For many consumer products, there are still inadequate economic conditions for collection and recycling, even for products containing critical raw materials. Waste legislation should be improved to create more incentives to recycle materials and to create a solid base for industrial investments. Furthermore, international collaboration is needed on a global scale to explore synergies, share best practices and transfer technologies. New business concepts are being developed by rethinking the way materials and products are used over the whole life cycle. Last but not least, improving consumer awareness and changing consumer behaviour remains a key objective.
Topics:
  • A retailers perspective on sustainable materials management
  • Second life for ICT equipment via international public-private partnerships
  • New business concepts based on open source repair manuals

Confirmed speakers (all sessions):

  • Pär Weihed, Lulea (SE)
  • Yves Tielemans, Machiels (BE)
  • Anna Hultin-Stiegenberger, R&D, Sandvik (SE)
  • Markus Reuter, Outotec (DE)
  • Egbert Lox, UMICORE (BE)
  • Oliver Lambertz, Tomra (DE)
  • Jiska Verhulst, Plan C, (BE)
  • Victor De Meester, Colruyt, (BE)
  • Olivier Van den Eynde, Worldloop (BE)
  • Kyle Wiens, iFixit (USA)