SIM² KU Leuven member Prof. Erik Smolders contributed to a milestone paper in The Lancet Planetary Health. A team of Belgian and Congolese researchers studied the effects of mining-related pollution on newborns in Katanga, DRC.Read More »
Final EU CROCODILE video released during EU Raw Materials week
The closing EU CROCODILE video has been released. Featuring Nand Peeters (KU Leuven), Flavia Forte (...
Documentary “Responsible Mining in Europe”: what the experts say
On October 20, 2022, the documentary “Responsible Mining in Europe: A new paradigm to counter climat...
“(Re)mining extractive waste – Perspectives for the EU?” (November 15, Brussels)
SAVE THE DATE for the satellite event of the EU Raw Materials Week “(Re)mining extractive waste – Pe...
Five Lessons Learned from the (Re)Mining Symposium (May 17-18, 2022)
To remine or not to remine extractive waste in Europe? That was the core question during the symposi...
Four lessons learned from PROMETIA Tech Tour 2022 – Northern Sweden
During 4 days, young students and researchers from 9 different institutions gathered in Sweden to vi...
A new solvent extraction system for lithium purification from brines
SIM² KU Leuven - SOLVOMET researchers have developed a novel solvent extraction system to remove magnesium from lithium-rich solutions, allowing a major reduction of the eco-footprint of lithium recovery from brines.Read More »
Mining precious metals at home during the global COVID-19 lockdown?
A BBC Future article featuring Ana Maria Martinez (SINTEF) illustrates that old electronics are domestic mines of precious metals. Martina Orefice (SIM² KU Leuven) provides further background referring to several EU projects.Read More »
New video: The Missing Link of the Circular Economy 2.0
“The Missing Link of the Circular Economy 2.0” video shows why the waste of the past cannot be consigned to oblivion. A comprehensive Circular Economy vision should, therefore, find answers for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills.Read More »
The green transition challenged by the metal supply chain – seminar report (March 2020)
How feasible is the transition to a climate-neutral economy (European Green Deal) in terms of the availability of the required (critical) metals? During the March 12 Seminar in Brussels an expert panel tried to provide answers.Read More »
Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo
How sustainable is artisanal cobalt mining in DR Congo? That’s the research question which was addressed in a Nature Sustainability paper by a group of researchers of the University of Lubumbashi in collaboration with a team from KU Leuven.Read More »
How will Europe become climate neutral by 2050? Challenging the EU Green Deal
Register now for a seminar on "Green transition challenged by the metal supply chain". The event takes place on March 12, 2020 in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels (Belgium). Various EU H2020 projects will cluster around the challenges they face.Read More »
Interview with Markus Reuter: Inconvenient truths of the circular economy
"Inconvenient truths of the circular economy" is the title of an interview with prof. Markus Reuter for the Aurubis magazine in which the main challenges and opportunities of recycling and the circular economy are analyzed.Read More »
M18 meeting in Leuven, Belgium (Dec. 2019)
On December 18, 2019, 18 months after the CROCODILE project has begun its work, the CROCODILE project team had a meeting with the external reviewers and the project officer of the European Commission for the midterm review meeting. The various CROCODILE partners presented their work conducted so far and outlined the next steps and plans for future activities. The agenda ...Read More »
Public acceptance of mining and recycling in Europe: six recommendations
Public acceptance or the ‘Social License to Operate’ is widely acknowledged as the biggest financial risk for the mining sector. Six different perspectives and recommendations coming from six different sectors were debated during a satellite event of the EU Raw Materials Week (22 Nov. 2019).Read More »