Critical Raw Materials are present everywhere. They are a crucial part of the European economy. In fact, many industrial sectors rely on them to produce goods used in our everyday lives.

These elements are vital, especially, in the tech industry. For instance, they are used to produce electronic appliances such as smartphones. These devices are composed mostly by raw materials considered at risk. This mean that, without them, we probably wouldn’t be able to use our phones to read this article, for example.

Despite being so important, Critical Raw Materials are rarely found in European territory. Mostly, they are produced and imported from other countries, such as China. Therefore, most of the production of goods and infrastructure is highly dependent on the supply chain coming from foreign countries.

But the question is, how does this affect the progress of clean energy sources?

As we said, Critical Raw Materials play an important role in the construction of infrastructure in many industrial sectors. But one especially affected by these elements is green energy production. Elements such as Lithium, Cobalt, Germanium or Rare Earths are used to produce solar panels, windmills, or batteries for electric cars.

The scarcity of raw materials deeply impacts the transition towards clean energy sources. The risks of supply and the dependance on other countries makes difficult the implementation and consolidation of renewable energies in our European society. This means that, indeed, that greener energies wouldn’t be possible without Critical Raw Materials.

In RECOPPs we work to recover these elements from the waste generated during the primary production of Copper to ensure their supply in the EU. This way, we want to create a clearer path towards the transition to renewable energy and a change of business model based on the circularity of resources.

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