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The green transition challenged by the metal supply chain

The green transition challenged by the metal supply chain

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.

New video: The Dark Side of the Circular Economy

New video: The Dark Side of the Circular Economy

“The Dark Side of the Circular Economy” is the title of the ELFM V Symposium Aftermovie (5-2-2020). Referring to the EC’s pending Circular Economy Action Plan the video highlights one major blind spot in this plan. How will we deal with the waste of the past?

JRC report on CRM recovery from mining waste & landfills

JRC report on CRM recovery from mining waste & landfills

The EC’s Joint Research Centre has published a milestone report on the recovery of cricial raw materials (CRMs) from mining waste and landfills. SIM² KU Leuven & EURELCO coordinator Peter Tom Jones discusses the key conclusions of the report.

New video released on reprocessing of tailings (ETN SULTAN)

New video released on reprocessing of tailings (ETN SULTAN)

The ETN SULTAN team has just released its official (animated) video on the reprocessing of tailings. SULTAN Researcher Jillian Helser explains how the SULTAN target is to transform mining waste (tailings) into valuable products.

Green slag valorisation is now an industrial success story

Green slag valorisation is now an industrial success story

On April 1-5, 2019, the 6th Slag Valorisation Symposium took place. More than 200 persons experienced at first hand that slag valorisation has been transformed from an academic concept into an industrial success story.

WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned

WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned

On February 26, 2019, the Interreg Europe project COCOON hosted a workshop on “Landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” at the World Resources Forum in Antwerp (Belgium). All presentations are now available.

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

Within the EU H2020 SOCRATES project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a process to selectively recover lead and zinc from iron-rich jarosite residue of the zinc industry. The work is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.

COCOON workshop at World Resources Forum (26-2-19, Antwerp)

COCOON workshop at World Resources Forum (26-2-19, Antwerp)

In the framework of the iconic World Resources Forum 2019 (Antwerp), the Interreg Europe COCOON project team is hosting the workshop “landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” on February 26, 2019.

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

How is Europe going to deal with the legacy of more than 500,000 landfills? More than 50 experts debated this question during the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (November 20, 2018), which was hosted by Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans (ALDE Group). A detailed...

2nd ELFM EP Seminar shows Landfill Directive’s blind spots

2nd ELFM EP Seminar shows Landfill Directive’s blind spots

On 20-11-2018, the 2nd ELFM EP Seminar took place. A full house of experts participated in an interactive debate about developing a dynamic landfill management strategy for Europe. Peter Tom Jones provides a first analysis.

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

EURELCO and the EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining (ETN NEW-MINE) call for papers on Enhanced Landfill Mining for a Thematic Issue in the IWWG Journal Detritus (Deadline: 11-6-2019).

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

In preparation of the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (20-11-2018), ETN NEW-MINE has published a new Policy Brief: “Why Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) needs to be politically acknowledged to facilitate sustainable management of European landfills”.

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

The 6th EURELCO General Assembly meeting takes place on November 21, 2018 at the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM, Belgium). The GA is organised the day after the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP in Brussels. Registration is now open.

Welcome to EURELCO

EURELCO is an open, quadruple helix network that supports the required technological, legal, social, economic, environmental and organisational innovation with respect to the development and implementation of a Dynamic Landfill Management (DLM) framework. The DLM framework includes resource recovery-driven Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) as one of its most advanced components, thereby supporting the transition to a resource efficient, circular, low-carbon economy. Are you a relevant actor working on DLM or ELFM?

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