To achieve decarbonisation, the rush on a number of metals and minerals, categorized as “critical” by the European Union has taken up speed. The EU approaches resource-rich countries with the prospect of value creation in those countries which seems to promise higher revenues.
This report takes a closer look at metal processing on the basis of six exemplary metals in different countries: What does value creation mean? Are there best practice examples of green refining? What policy recommendations can be derived?
Table of contents
List of abbreviations
- Mineral processing and economic value addition
- Mineral processing may add economic value, but often does not take place in mineral-producing countries
- Mineral processing adds economic value, but not as much as other activities further down the value chain
- Economic value addition is not guaranteed by domestic mineral processing
- Economic value addition commitments in the EU's Strategic Partnerships
- The political value add of processing
- Value addition is not just financial
- Environmental and social impacts of mineral processing: Value subtraction
- Value added: Consultation, transparency, and technological transfer
- Investing in CRM processing – an investment for the future?
Annex: Summary of interviewees
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