Partnership with TEAM2: ESG through facts
In a world with growing needs for rare metals to fuel ongoing transitions (EVs, hydrogen, IOT, 5G, decarbonized energies…), the question of the ecological impact of these metals is increasingly being raised. The overall balance of these metals, as proven by life cycle analyses, remains infinitely positive (their use contributes much more to the reduction of CO2 emissions than they consume to produce them).
Nevertheless, they have a serious problem: their recycling rate is close to zero due to price and to dilution which leads to dispersive uses. But also due to the technology and recycling processes that need to be developed. However, recycling base metals without recycling rare metals would not meet the challenges of future availability, on the contrary.
Why? because recycling base metals would limit their primary production (from mines), which would in turn limit the production of rare metals, which are almost exclusively obtained as by-products… while their secondary production (recycling) would remain embryonic. It is therefore essential, for environmental reasons and for the sake of industrial sovereignty, to address the issue of recycling all metals.
It is in this context and because we believe that we have a role to play in this challenge through our expertise in the strategic metals market that CDMR has just joined the TEAM2 Competitiveness Cluster.
Labelled in 2010, TEAM2 is the national innovation cluster for recycling which stimulates, accompanies and promotes the sectors dedicated to the production and use of new resources, thanks to its expertise and its network of industrial, scientific and institutional partners. TEAM2’s activities are focused on five strategic areas
– Strategic metals and rare earths
– Minerals for the construction and public works market
– Organic waste including composites, mixed plastics and textiles
– French recycling equipment and engineering companies
– Industrial and territorial ecology
We are very proud of this new step, which should enable us to make a concrete contribution to the emergence of this supply chain for recycled criticals metals.