• Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • 16:00 - 18:00
  • Memo
  • Noce Room A6 Pav
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, Italian Ministry of Economic Development (DGISSEG), ENEA, Italian Raw Materials Lab

The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has highlighted the vulnerability of production systems in terms of raw material supply.

The European Commission has worked on the new List of Critical Raw Materials, i.e. those non-energy and non-food raw materials whose supply problems, of a political, commercial and environmental nature, make a change in economic strategy and a strong technological update a priority. The List is, therefore, a tool to promote awareness, research and innovation aimed at improving the dynamics of international trade, to challenge trade distorting measures in order to achieve greater security of supply and implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Italian and European companies are often significantly dependent on imports of critical raw materials. For example, the agro-industrial sector is heavily dependent on the use of phosphorus, which is now 100% imported from non-European countries; other emerging examples are related to raw materials linked to battery manifacturing.

This trend could continue or could generate new future configurations building up on current cases and ideas to identify critical points and opportunities. For instance, the Covid-19 emergency has  generated a new awareness on the supply chains of extractive raw materials in Italy as well as on the international supply chains; the Phosphorus Table becomes a laboratory of how to monitor supply chains; Urban Mining can be a valid alternative to import; for example WEEE is a potential concentrate of precious metals and raw materials with high added value; in this direction progresses have been made. Furthermore, the End of Waste and the regulatory framework on the Extractive Waste EU Directive can be further points of reflection on how to strengthen circularity and approach the security of raw material supplies.

The seminar aims to analyze the trends of raw (and second) materials in Italy from the point of view of production, circularity and imports, as well as to address the possibility of developing adequate tools to determine security and / or vulnerability of supply of raw materials in Italy, making a point of policies, innovations, potential, implementation methodology, and any associated critical issues.

Section Chair
Silvia Grandi, Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico -Italian Ministry of Economic Development


16.00 Introduction by the Chair

16.10 Innovation and Raw Materials
Nicoletta Amodio, Confindustria

16:20 Import – Export Raw Materials: Italy's dependence on foreign countries
Mirella Morrone, ISTAT

16:30 2020 European Critical Raw Materials list
Maria Grazia Verdura, Italian Ministry of Economic Development

16:40 Extractive Waste mining: which data for Italy?
Monica Serra, ISPRA

16:50 Beyond extraction: raw materials and research, circularity indicators, urban mining and reengineering
Laura Cutaia, ENEA

17.00 End of waste and implementation of the national circular economy strategy
Representative  Italian Ministry for the Environment and for the territory and sea protection

17:10 Round table: Between extraction, reingeneering and circular economy: which synergies to reduce the vulnerability of sustainable and safe supply of raw materials?

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17.40 Conclusion: Raw Materials 4.0 and global trends in the era of uncertainty
Patrizio Bianchi, Emilia Romagna region councilor (TBC)