Extractive commodities like minerals and metals are important non-renewable resources, playing a key role in economic development and technological innovation. Increasing demand and the accompanying competition for raw materials are already leading to unstable and often sharply increasing prices, volatile markets and bottlenecks in supply. Likewise, the exploration, construction, processing and transport of these raw materials are linked with significant environmental and social impacts and even violent conflicts. To better deal with these effects and risks and prevent conflicts, we analyse the criticality of raw materials, advise companies and organisation in Germany as well as abroad on socially and environmentally sound, conflict-sensitive exploration and value extraction. Additionally, we advise governments and development organisations on the development of policies, strategies and programmes that can treat these challenges with a fully integrated approach.
Client: Federal Environment Agency (UBA)Term: 10/2016 - 07/2019
Client: Federal Environment Agency (UBA)Term: 12/2015 - 08/2019
Sustainability and Acceptance of the Recovery of Economically Strategic Raw Materials from Mining ResiduesClient: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)Term: 02/2015 - 07/2018