ECOS strengthens its work on critical raw materials with a new H2020 project, CEWASTE

ECOS is becoming more active on critical raw materials (CRMs), after the good news of having won a new H2020 project as well as the standardisation work currently underway.

In late June we learned about the successful bid for a new H2020 project – CEWASTE – to start later this year. The project will focus on improving recovery of valuable and critical raw materials through traceable and sustainable treatment processes in the secondary raw materials supply chain. Our project partners include World Resources Forum, United Nations University, WEEE Forum and the European Electronics Recyclers Association. More details will come after the project officially kicks off later in the year.

  • The project will potentially provide support to three other activities ECOS is contributing to, namely:
    a CRM standard being developed through ecodesign work. The standard is to set out declaration and communication elements in products containing specific CRMs. Comments can be provided by 3 August;
  • a standard-screening exercise on CRMs, whose content is still being defined by the European Commission;
  • a proposed new standard on material-efficient recycling of WEEE and waste batteries, which is also waiting for more detail from the European Commission. This last standard is part of the Commission’s work on the circular economy, on its action plan on batteries and on implementation of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

In the meantime, we are very much looking forward to beginning work on CEWASTE!