The Strategic role of Data in Advancing a More Circular Economy for Metals in the Automotive Supply Chain

With mining’s social and environmental footprint under increased scrutiny, downstream users and investors alike are calling for greater accountability and assurance about the impacts of mineral extraction. Meanwhile, new technological developments like blockchain are enabling data systems to improve industrial efficiency, and provide transparency (and potentially market recognition) for key minerals.

Given the range of minerals and metals in vehicles, the automotive sector provides an ideal case study for these developments — particularly against a backdrop of increased commitment to responsible material stewardship, the circular economy, and GHG emissions reductions. This workshop explored applications of advanced data systems in automotive supply chains, and how they are enabling companies and governments to address stakeholder and purchaser opportunities and concerns.

This event was part of the Circular Economy Solutions Series and an official side event at the Industrial Circular Economy Conference 2021 (ICE2021) and included a line-up of expert speakers, followed by interactive breakout discussions on: (1) Policy options for enabling advanced performance and materials tracing systems; (2) Technical and research needs for increasing the strategic use of data to service the circular economy in the minerals and metals sector; and (3) Market drivers, needs and barriers for wider adoption of performance and materials tracing systems.

Speakers included:

  • J.J. Messner de Latour, Senior Program Manager, Responsible Sourcing, Microsoft
  • Ferdinand Geckeler, Senior Expert Sustainable Supply Chain Management, BMW Group
  • Malcolm Shang, Global Mine Closure and Reclamation Specialist / Circular Economy Champion, ArcelorMittal Mining
  • Aimee Boulanger, Executive Director, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)
  • Ian Hudson, Head of Environment, Anglo American
  • Ryan Forman, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives Branch, Government of British Columbia
  • Anne-Claire Howard, Chief Executive Officer, ResponsibleSteel
  • Sarah Houde, CEO, Propulsion Quebec
  • Jérôme Petry, Project Director, Product Circularity Data Sheet (PCDS) Initiative, Government of Luxembourg

Who attended? Mining companies, processors, manufacturers, consumer-facing companies in automotive sectors, standards organizations, cleantech and digital tech companies, downstream minerals users interested in the automotive sector, investors, NGOs, governments, academics.

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