New raw materials roadmap announced for Europe

EIT RawMaterials and the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) have released a roadmap that, if followed and given an investment of at least €15bn, could supply many of the EU’s raw materials needs by 2030 and beyond.

The European Call for Action on Materials For Energy Storage and Conversion provides a roadmap for developing an entire raw materials value chain, from exploration to recycling. It addresses four primary strategic areas: materials in solar energy, battery materials, fuel cells, electrolysis, and alternative energy storage and conversion.

With the rise of solar, wind, and fuel cell technologies, more and more renewable energy will be produced, requiring high volumes of raw materials, many of which are critical and not found easily in Europe. Many energy sources, such as wind and solar power, are intermittent, meaning that they are not always available or consistent. Systems that provide energy storage and conversion help to support the variability of these sources and ensure that energy is available when required.

This report, which is the culmination of a highly open and inclusive process involving over 100 ERMA stakeholders, highlights investments and opportunities, outlines concrete actions and recommendations, and addresses policy bottlenecks and raw materials demand gaps. Following through with the proposed actions and supporting them with the right financial investments will be crucial steps toward achieving the ambitious goals of the Green Deal.

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