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 (1) improve industrial efficiency, and (2) provide transparency (and potentially market recognition) for key minerals. They also aid in sensing, storing and communicating valuable information about them.

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 sourcing and emissions reductions. This event explores applications of advanced data systems in automotive supply chains, and how they are enabling companies and governments to address stakeholder and purchaser concerns in efficient and cost-effective ways. It will build understanding of the value of deploying these systems; examine relevant technical, policy and market issues; and outline practical next steps.

Initial themes for discussion include: (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.