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

DATE: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

TIME: 8:30AM - 5:30 PM CET

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

Are we making uninformed choices about our future technologies? It would seem so since there is no single environmental footprint representing the rare earth sector. As a result, when the industry and its consumers wish to market themselves as environmentally friendly, they face a confusing range of choices and 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 rare earth elements (REEs) represented on bottom row of the periodic table represent the building blocks of our technological world. Contrary to popular belief, 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 insights into these increasingly significant issues for modeling REEs in Life Cycle Assessment.

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, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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. Rita Schulze, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Dr. Peter James Joyce, KTH

4:00 PM

Coffee break

4:15 PM   

Environmental impact categories

Peter James Joyce, KTH

4:45 PM   

Background and perspectives about ‘resource depletion’ impact categories

Rodrigo Freitas de Alvarenga, UGent

5:15 PM   

Wrap Up and Q&A

Nabeel Mancheri, Secretary General, REIA & Gwendolyn Bailey, Sustainability Advisor, REIA

5:30 PM   

Seminar ends

OBJECTIVE: Learn how LCA for REEs is conducted, based on a real example of modeling a REE 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 LAPTOP

HOW TO REGISTER:

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

This event is made possible by a generous grant from EIT Raw Materials for REIA Plus

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