First year of SecREEts: what we’ve done so far
A year ago, we were in Trondheim, Norway, for the kick-off of the Horizon 2020 SecREEts project. Earlier this week, on 5-6 June, we were celebrating the first birthday of SecREEts with our partners in Verneuil-en-Halatte, where our French partner INERIS is based. A lot has happened in one year, with the SecREEts consortium making good progress towards developing a European value chain for Rare Earth permanent magnets. This meeting allowed all partners to present recent developments. It was also an opportunity to meet with our Advisory Board for the first time and discuss the state of the Rare Earth market in Europe and the business case for SecREEts.
Prospex Institute was able to share the outcomes of the last Citizen Lab in Ellesmere Port, UK, organised with SINTEF and Less Common Metals. We announced the first Norwegian Citizen Lab which will take place in August 2019 in Porsgrunn with our partners Yara, REEtec and SINTEF. In addition, the Consortium Meeting was an opportunity to introduce our partners to the first Policy Council, which will take place next week and where we will meet stakeholders from various sectors involved in the Rare Earth market. The Policy Council will also be an opportunity for Prospex Institute and our SecREEts partner Quantis to engage with European experts on challenges related to Social Licence to Operate and Life Cycle Assessments in the critical raw material sector.