EU worries about access to key raw materials & resource intensity

EU worries about access to key raw materials 

Published: Thursday 4 June 2009   

European Union ministers supported plans last week to ensure industries get better access to raw materials, as competition for access to commodities such as rare metals becomes fiercer with globalisation.

A new strategy, to be fleshed out later this year, should aim to lower the consumption of primary natural resources by increasing resource efficiency and recycling, EU industry ministers agreed after a meeting last week (28 May).

“The European economy is dependent on a number of energy and non-energy raw materials,” read the ministers’ conclusionsPdf external , adding that achieving a “resource-efficient economy should be a guiding principle for European industrial policy”.

full article at http://www.euractiv.com/en/sustainability/eu-worries-access-key-raw-materials/article-182860

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